Cte Pierre I "Mauclerc" DE DREUX, Duke of Brittany, Earl of Richmond
(Abt 1187-1250)
Alix DE THOUARS, Duchess of Brittany, Countess of Richmond
Cte Thibaut IV DE CHAMPAGNE, King of Navarre
Duc Jean I "le Roux" DE BRETAGNE, Earl of Richmond
Infanta doña Blanca DE NAVARRA
(Bef 1225-1283)
Jean II DE BRETAGNE, Duc de Bretagne


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Beatrice PLANTAGENET, Princess of England

Jean II DE BRETAGNE, Duc de Bretagne

  • Born: 4 Jan 1239/40, Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France
  • Married: 25 Dec 1260, Westminster Abbey, London, England
  • Died: 16 Nov 1305, Lyons, Rhone, France
  • Buried: église Notre dame du couvent des Carmes, Ploërmel, Morbihan

  General Notes:

Compiler's 19 x great-grandfather

  Research Notes:

Born 3-4 Jan 1239-40

The Chronicon Universum in the cartulary of Sainte-Croix de Quimperlé records the birth "die martis infra octabas Sanctorum Innocentium" in 1239 of "Johannes primogenitus Johannis comitis Britannie". The Chronicon Kemperlegiense records the birth in 1240 of "Iohannes primogenitus Iohannis Comitis Britanniæ".

Earl of Richmond 1268, when his father resigned the earldom. He accompanied his father and Louis IX King of France on the Crusade in 1270. William of Tyre (Continuation) records the arrival in Palestine of "Johan filz le conte de Bretaigne" 14 Sep 1272.

He succeeded his father in 1286 as JEAN II Duke of Brittany: the Chronicon Britannicum records the death "Id Oct" 1286 of “Joannes comes Britanniæ fundator abbatiæ de Precibus” and the succession of “Joannes filius eius”. He received Papal recognition 1 Sep 1288. Philippe IV King of France confirmed his title of duke of Brittany, pair de France at Courtrai Sep 1297. King Edward I of England confiscated his English possessions in 1296, for supporting the French, but they were restored to him 1 May 1304.

He was killed by a falling wall, while leading the Pope's horse during the consecration of Pope Clement V. The testament of "Jehan Duc de Bretaigne Comte de Richemond", dated Jul 1304, bequeathed property to “Artur mon ainzné filz...Jean de Bretaigne mon filz...Alienor de Bretaigne ma fille nonain de Fontevrault...” The Chronicon Britannicum records the death “in Lugduno” 1305 of “Joannes dux Britanniæ” and the succession of “Arturus eius filius”. 1

  Marriage Information:

Jean married Beatrice PLANTAGENET Princess of England, daughter of Henry III PLANTAGENET King of England and Eléanor BÉRENGAR Comtesse de Provence, on 25 Dec 1260 in Westminster Abbey, London, England. (Beatrice PLANTAGENET Princess of England was born on 25 Jan 1241/2 in Bordeaux, Gascony, France, died on 24 Mar 1273/4 in London, Middlesex, England and was buried in Grey Friar's, London, Middlesex, England.

  Marriage Notes:

contract 13 Oct 1260, église de l'Abbaye royale de Saint Denis Nov 1260, Westminster Abbey [25 Dec] 1260


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Jean de Bretagne.

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