Gaston II, Count of Foix

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Gaston II of Foix-Béarn (1308 – September 1343), son of Gaston I of Foix-Béarn and Jeanne of Artois, was the 10th Count of Foix.[1]

In 1315, after the death of his father Gaston I, he became Count of Foix, and Viscount of Béarn, Marsan, Gabardan, Nébouzan and Lautrec under the regency of his mother, Jeanne of Artois. Count Gaston II imprisoned his mother Jeanne d'Artois in 1331 at the Château of Foix, being later moved in turn to Orthez, Lourdes and Carbonne.[2]

Gaston II married his cousin Eleanore de Comminges, daughter of Bernard VII of Comminges and Laura de Montfort. Eleanore de Comminges brought, as a dowry, her rights to the County of Bigorre.[1]

They had one son: Gaston III Febus, who succeeded his father as Count of Foix.

Gaston II had several illegitimate children:[1]

  • Pedro de Bearn, married Florensa de Aragón, Lady of Biscay.
  • Bearnesa, wife of Arnaldo Ramon de Castellnou, viscount of Orthez.
  • Margarita, wife of Juan de Castellverdu, segneur of Caumont
  • Arnaldo Guillermo de Bearn (died 1391), married to Juana, Lady of Morlaàs.
Siege of Tartas from the Vigiles du Roy Charles VII of France.

His actions in 1339 during the conquest of the castle of Tartas resulted in him receiving the title of Viscount of Lautrec.[citation needed]

He was at the Siege of Algeciras (1342-1344) in southern Spain, which was led by King Alfonso XI of Castile.[3] He died of the plague at Seville in 1343.[4][5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cawley, Charles, TOULOUSE NOBILITY: Gaston II Foix died 1343, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, retrieved August 2012 ,[better source needed]
  2. ^ Cawley, Charles, NORTHERN FRANCE: Jeanne Artois died 1350, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, retrieved August 2012 ,[better source needed]
  3. ^ Housley, Norman, The Avignon papacy and the Crusades, 1305-1378, (Oxford University Press, 1986), 61.
  4. ^ King, Georgiana Goddard, A brief account of the military orders in Spain, (The Hispanic Society of America, 1921), 203-204.
  5. ^ Public Domain Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Foix". Encyclopædia Britannica 10 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 595. 

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