James II, Count of La Marche
|James de Bourbon-La Marche|
|Count of La Marche|
|Coat of arms|
Beatrice of Navarre|
Joanna II of Naples
Isabelle of La Marche
Marie of La Marche
Eleanor, Countess of Pardiac
|Noble family||House of Bourbon|
|Father||John I, Count of La Marche|
|Mother||Catherine of Vendôme|
He first bore arms in the crusade which culminated in the Battle of Nicopolis. After returning to France, he commanded a force which invaded England in support of Owain Glyndŵr. His troops burned Plymouth in 1403, but twelve ships of his fleet were lost in a storm while returning to France in 1404.
He was an adherent of John the Fearless and foe of the Armagnac party. However, his affairs in France were interrupted by a sojourn abroad. In 1415, the barons of the Kingdom of Naples arranged his marriage to Joanna II of Naples, hoping he would break the power of her court favorites, Pandolfo Alopo and Muzio Sforza, to their advantage. He had Alopo executed and imprisoned Sforza, but he also kept the queen in confinement and aspired to personal rule. The indignant barons captured and imprisoned him in 1416; he was compelled to free Sforza and resign the kingship, and was ejected from the kingdom in 1419. However their marriage does not seem to have been annulled and neither Joanna nor James would ever marry again.
In 1435, he resigned his titles and became a Franciscan monk, dying in 1438.
- Isabelle (1408 – after 1445), a nun at Besançon
- Marie (1410 – after 1445), a nun at Amiens
- Eleanor of Bourbon-La Marche (Burlada, Navarre, 1407 – after 21 August 1464), married Bernard d'Armagnac, Count of Pardiac (d. 1462)
In 1415, James married Joanna II of Naples. They had no children.
- Kenneth Meyer Setton, The Papacy and the Levant, 1204-1571: The thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, Vol. I, (American Philosophical Society, 1976), 345.
- The Cambridge Medieval History, Vol. 8, ed. John Bagnell Bury, Henry Melvill Gwatkin and James Pounder Whitney, (Cambridge University Press, 1959), 365
- Elena Woodacre, The Queens Regnant of Navarre: Succession, Politics, and Partnership, 1274-1512, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 91.
|Count of La Marche
| Succeeded by|
with Catherine of Vendôme
|Count of Castres|
With: Catherine of Vendôme 1393–1412
Ladislaus of Naples
|Prince of Taranto
| Succeeded by|
Giovanni Antonio del Balzo Orsini