|The bishop Berenguer de Palou II (+Barcelona on August 23, 1241) was a prelate who also lived intensely the ideal Christians of his epoch. |
This way, he introduced in Barcelona the mendicants -the Franciscans, the Dominicans and the nuns of the order of St Clare- and the Inquisition (the papal Inquisition, different from the known one as "Spanish Inquisition”, which will arise in the XVIth century); and he put several times in interdiction the city and even the whole diocese to defend the freedom of the Church opposite to the lords laymen.
He took the cross to accompany Peter (I of Catalonia, II of Aragon) the Catholic on the battle of the Navas de Tolosa (July 16, 1212).
Little later, he leaded a Catalan-Aragon’s embassy to Paris to prevent the crusade against the Catharists, coordinating the marriage of the king with a daughter of the king of France, who frustrated when the Pope did not grant the annulment of the previous marriage of the king with Maria de Montpellier. The crusade took place and determined the death of Pedro the Catholic in the battle of Muret (September 13, 1213).