Joan II, Countess of Burgundy
Countess consort of Champagne
|Spouse||Philip V of France|
|Joan III, Countess of Burgundy
Margaret I, Countess of Burgundy
Isabelle, Dauphine de Viennois and Lady of Faucogney
Blanche of France
|House||House of Châlon-Arlay (by birth)
House of Capet (by marriage)
|Father||Otto IV, Count of Burgundy|
|Mother||Mahaut, Countess of Artois|
|Born||15 January 1292|
|Died||21 January 1330
|Burial||Saint Denis Basilica|
Joan II, Countess of Burgundy (French: Jeanne de Bourgogne) (15 January 1292 – 21 January 1330), also known Joan II, Countess Palatine of Burgundy, was the eldest daughter of Otto IV, Count of Burgundy, and his wife Mahaut, Countess of Artois. She was married to Philip V ("the Tall") of France, the second son of King Philip IV of France, in 1307. Joan bore him at least seven children (see below), of whom only four daughters survived.
In the beginning of 1314, Joan's sister Blanche and her sister-in-law Margaret were convicted of adultery with two knights, upon the testimony of their sister-in-law, Isabella in the Tour de Nesle Affair. Joan was thought to have known of the affairs, and was placed under house arrest at Dourdan as punishment. She continued to protest her innocence, as did her husband, who had refused to repudiate her, and by 1315 - through the influence of her mother and husband - her name had been cleared by the Paris Parlement, and she was allowed to return to court. Nevertheless, her daughter Joan, born on 2 May 1308, could hardly be suspected of illegitimacy, since the Tour de Nesles entered the royal domain only in 1308, after she was conceived, and since it is believed that, away from the court, Blanche and Margaret committed adultery there only from 1311.
After her acquittal and return to the royal court, Joan and Philip produced two more children; neither survived childhood.
Her father, the Count of Burgundy, died in 1302, and his titles were inherited by his only legitimate son, Robert. Upon Robert's death in 1315, the County of Burgundy was inherited by Joan. In 1329, she inherited her mother's County of Artois.
After her husband's death, Joan lived in her own domains. She died at Roye-en-Artois, on 21 January 1330, and was buried in Saint-Denis beside her husband. Her titles were inherited by her eldest daughter, Joan III, who had married Odo IV, Duke of Burgundy, in 1318. With Joan II's death, the County and Duchy of Burgundy became united through this marriage. The Counties of Burgundy and Artois were eventually inherited by her younger daughter Margaret in 1361.
Joan left provision in her will for the founding of a college in Paris; it was named Université de Bourgogne, "Burgundy University."
With Philip V of France:
- Joan III (1308–1349), Countess of Burgundy and Artois, wife of Odo IV, Duke of Burgundy
- Margaret I (1310–1382), Countess of Burgundy and Artois, wife of Louis I, Count of Flanders
- Isabelle (c. 1312 – April 1348), wife of Guigues VIII de La Tour du Pin, Dauphin de Viennois
- Philip (1313 – March 1321)
- Blanche (1313–1358), a nun
|Ancestors of Joan II, Countess of Burgundy|
- Weir, Alison, Isabella
|Countess Palatine of Burgundy
with Philip II
|Countess of Artois
Clementia of Hungary
|Queen consort of Navarre
Countess consort of Champagne
Blanche of Burgundy
|Queen consort of France