This noble name, Berengeur, is important to us, because the name Berengeur, Berenger, Beringer, other forms, extends from Catalonia and Aragon in Spain, across the Pyrenees into the old Languedoc in France, Carcassonne, the Pyrenees.
Berenger at Rennes le Chateau. In France, just over the Pyrnees, is fodder for mystery buffs: a priest of the same name centuries later, and with local connections to Berenger nobility dating 'way back (the local castle), who suddenly came across or into a fortune, perhaps of Templar or Cathar roots in times of stress and flight from France, Inquisitions, Cathar "heresy". See Rennes le Chateau, http://franceroadways.blogspot.com/2012/10/carcassonne-and-rennes-le-chateau.html.
The lords of that Castle were of Cathar stock, Cathar sympathies.
Was this 19th Century Berenger the recipient of the knowledge of the treasure because he was Berenger, or happenstance, or is all this just fun for researchers.
Another Berenger was a bishop at Carcassonne at the time of the Pope's infamous Crusade against fellow Christians, who would not swallow the required papal dogma, and so, were killed.
- Ramon Berengeur III. Raymond the Great. He ruled variously from 1082 until his death in Barcelona in 1131, as Count of Barcelona, Girona, Besalu, Cerdanya (have to look all these up), and as Count of Provence (watch the territories shift over centuries: Provence is southern France, across the Pyrenees) . He enjoyed the Provence connections through right of his wife. Summary bio at http://translation.babylon.com/english/Ramon%20berenguer%20iii/. Women in those days inherited, ruled. Husbands inherited lands through them, as Ramon here. Ramon III died in 1131, and also ruled in early years in some areas with Ramon II, see site. A line of Ramon Berengeurs.
Ripoll: Ripoll is a town in the foothills/midst of the Pyrenees. Drive about an hour from Figueres, hairpin turns up the mountainsides. At Ripoll Place of the Santa Maria Monastery with its scriptorium where monks copied manuscripts, created books. The earliest church on the site dates from 879. The monastery complex, begun in 977, is Romanesque, see http://kalmiya.hubpages.com/hub/Off-The-Beaten-Track-In-Ripoll-Spain. Cloisters were begun in 1180, work continued for centuries. There are fine and surprising Corinthian columns there.
Buried inside is Raymond Beregeur IV, name spelled variously as Raimond, Ramon, Berengeur. Other counts of Catalonia are there as well. Raymond was the "founder" of Catalonia, see http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Spain/Catalunya/Ripoll-256254/Things_To_Do-Ripoll-TG-C-1.html, that region including Barcelona and at one time extending across the Pyrenees to Carcassonne in the Languedoc, southwest France to us.
Berengeur, Beregeur. Any nation has its treasured dynasties, some facts airbrushed out, some embroidery, but offering roots into a country's history. National family dynasties. We have our Kennedys - the Bushes can never compare. See the Kennedys at their compound, now in process of re-use, at Hyannis MA.
Family Dynasties. Example: Kennedy Compound, Hyannis MA. 1960's
*There were some 20 martyrs from Aragon: Louis Vila Masferrer, priest, and nineteen companions, Joseph-Marie Blasco Juan Alfonso Sorribes Teixeido, Joseph-Marie Badia Mateu, Figuero Joseph Beltran, Edward Diego Ripoll, François-Marie Roura Farro, Jesus Augustin Viela Ezcurdia, Joseph-Marie Hernandez Amoros, Jean Baixeras Berenguer, Rafael Morales Briega Louis Escalé Binefa, Raymond Illa Salvia, Llado Teixido Louis Michel Gonzalez Masip, Faustin Perez Garcia, Sebastien Riera Coromina, Joseph-Marie Ros Florensa, François and Castan Messeguer Emmanuel Martinez Jarauta Site:http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/15_ao%C3%BBt