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John II, the Hunchback,[citation needed] born 1333, died May 26, 1384), Count of Armagnac, of Fézensac, Rodez (1371-1384) and Count of Charolais (1364-1384), Viscount Lomagne and Auvillars, he was the son of John I, Count of Armagnac, of Fezensac and Rodez, Viscount Lomagne and Auvillars and Beatrix de Clermont.

During the life of his father, he bore the title of lord, and subsequently, Count of Charolais, which he had received from his mother. Also, during his life, the government of Languedoc was entrusted to him.

Hundred Years War[edit]

Since 1351, he actively participated in the battles of the Hundred Years' War, fighting under the command of his father, or for his lord, Philip, Duke of Burgundy, or Jean, Duc de Berry, or the king of France.

As lord of Charolais he was not required, according to the terms of the Treaty of Calais, to pay a humiliating tribute to those he had fought for several years; Edward III, king of England, and his son, the Black Prince, Prince Wales. But it was the first and only time, to support the call from King Charles V against the actions of the Prince of Wales, which ultimately led to the liberation of Biscay from the English occupation.

Peace with De Foix[edit]

In 1379 he concluded with Gaston III Phoebus, a peace consolidated by the marriage of his daughter Beatrice with the son of Gaston Phoebus. Thus ended this unfortunate quarrel which for 89 years, had opposed the two most powerful families in the south of France.

Trial[edit]

Through the intrigues of the Duke of Berry, against his brother, the Duke of Burgundy, John was summoned to court to defend himself against these charges:

  • Procuring an alliance with England;
  • Being in league with Great Companies;
  • Have tried, in concert with the Count of Foix, to share Languedoc.

John never stood trial, having died at Avignon in 1384.

Marriage & Children[edit]

On the November 21, 1359 he married Jeanne de Périgord, daughter of Roger Bernard, Count of Perigord, and Eleanor de Vendome. They had three children:

  • John III (1359 to 1391), Count of Armagnac.
  • Bernard VII (1363 to 1418), Count of Armagnac., The Constable of France.
  • Beatrix (c1365), married in 1379 to Gaston de Foix († 1381), and January 27 1382 to Carlo Visconti, lord of Parma.

John also had several illegitimate children:

  • Jean, Bastard of Armagnac († October 8, 1409), bishop of Mende and archbishop of Auch. The antipope Benedict XIII had Cardinal.
  • Bertrand, Bastard of Armagnac († 1403), master of the Château de Villiers in Armagnac.


Preceded by
Jean I
Count of Armagnac
1373-1384
Succeeded by
Jean III