Jaufre was a stalwart young man who volunteered to fight the Moors when a party of almogavers came through the village in 1224. He fought well, but his right leg was badly burned when Moors defending their fortress poured burning oil on their attackers. Although he lost the leg, his previous successes allowed him to return home with a small fortune. He returned in 1227, married Alba, and in 1229 she bore him a son, Constans. Over years of eating and inactivity, Jaufre has grown grossly fat, and now rarely walks unassisted. He claims his leg has gotten weaker, when in truth his girth has gotten greater. Jaufre feels he won his fortune through hard work, risk and suffering, and is therefore loath to spend it on his wife or son.