John II, Duke of Lorraine

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Jean d'Anjou, medal by Francesco Laurana

John II of Anjou (Nancy, August 2, 1424[1] – December 16, 1470, Barcelona) was Duke of Lorraine from 1453 to his death. He inherited the duchy from his mother, Duchess Isabelle, during the life of his father, Duke René of Anjou, also Duke of Lorraine and titular king of Naples. As heir-apparent of Naples, he was styled the Duke of Calabria, and spent most of his time engaging in plots for Angevin recovery of Naples. In 1460, he decisively defeated the king of Naples Ferdinand at Nola, but was unable to prevent others from coming to his aid. He was defeated on land at Troia in 1462 and defeated at sea off Ischia in 1465. In 1466, the Catalonians chose his father as King of Aragon, and he was created Prince of Girona, as heir-apparent. He went into Catalonia to press the family's claims, but died, supposedly by poison, in Barcelona.

He married in 1444 Marie de Bourbon (1428–1448), daughter of Charles I, Duke of Bourbon. They had:

  1. Isabelle (b. 1445), d. young
  2. René (b. 1446), d. young
  3. Marie (b. 1447), d. young
  4. Jean (d. 1471),
  5. Nicholas (1448–1473).

He also had several illegitimate children:

  • John (d. 1504), Count of Briey, married Nancy St. Georges
  • Albert, seigneur d'Essey
  • Jeanne d'Abancourt, married Achille, Bastard of Beauveu
  • a daughter named Marguerite
  • another daughter, married Jean d'Ecosse

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Charles Cawley (2009-12-26). "ANJOU". Medieval Lands. Foundation of Medieval Genealogy. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
John II, Duke of Lorraine
Born: 1425 Died: 16 December 1470
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Isabella and René I
Duke of Lorraine
Succeeded by
Nicholas I
Preceded by
René I
Duke of Calabria
titular from 1442

Marquis of Pont-à-Mousson
Spanish royalty
Preceded by
Charles of Viana
Prince of Girona
Succeeded by
Ferdinand of Aragon