Jean II, comte d'Armagnac

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Count Jean II d'Armagnac

Also Known As: "Le Bossu"
Birthplace: France
Death: May 25, 1384 (53-54)
Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Jean I, comte d'Armagnac and Béatrice de Clermont, Comtesse de Charolais
Husband of Jeanne de Périgord
Father of Jean III, comte d'Armagnac; Bernard VII, comte d'Armagnac and Béatrix d'Armagnac
Brother of Joanna of Armagnac; Marta de Armañac, reine consorte de Aragón and Bernard, Duc d'Armagnac
Half brother of Maurin de Biran, Seigneur de Roquefort

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About Jean II, comte d'Armagnac

John II, the Hunchback, (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, great-granddaughter of Louis IX of France.

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

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 III, Duke of Burgundy, or John, Duke of Berry, or the king of France.

As lord of Charolais he was not required, according to the terms of the Treaty of Brétigny, 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 of 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

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.


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 free 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

On the November 21, 1359 he married Jeanne de Périgord, daughter of Roger Bernard, Count of Périgord, and Eleanor de Vendôme. 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, son of Bernabò Visconti and Beatrice Regina della Scala.

John also had several illegitimate children:

Jean, Bastard of Armagnac († October 8, 1409), bishop of Mende and archbishop of Auch.
Bertrand, Bastard of Armagnac († 1403), master of the Château de Villiers in Armagnac.


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