John II, Duke of Brabant

John II
Duke of Brabant
Duke of Lothier
Duke of Limburg
Spouse(s) Margaret, Princess of England


Titles and styles

The Duke of Brabant, Lothier and Limburg
Noble family House of Reginar
Father John I, Duke of Brabant
Mother Margaret of Flanders
Born 27 September 1275
Died 27 October 1312
John II: Gros tournois.

John II van Brabant (September 27, 1275 October 27, 1312, Tervuren), also called John the Peaceful, was Duke of Brabant, Lothier and Limburg (12941312). He was the son of John I of Brabant and Margaretha of Flanders, daughter of Guy of Dampierre.

John II succeeded his father in 1294 [1] During the reign of John II, Brabant continued supporting a coalition to stop French expansion. He tried to conquer South Holland (district of medieval Holland) from the pro-French count John II of Holland, but was not successful. John, who suffered from kidney stones and wanted his duchy to be peacefully handed over to his son upon his death, in 1312 signed the famous Charter of Kortenberg.

After his death in 1312 [2] John II was buried in the St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral in Brussels.


On July 8, 1290, John married Margaret Plantagenet in Westminster Abbey, London.[3][4][5][6] She was a daughter of King Edward I of England and his first Queen consort Eleanor of Castile. Only one child was born out of this marriage:

John II had several illegitimate children:


  1. Balduini Ninovensis Chronicon 1294, MGH SS XXV, p. 546.
  2. Oude Kronik van Brabant, p. 72.
  3. Oude Kronik van Brabant, p. 71.
  4. Annales Halesiensibus 1290, MHG SS XVI, p. 483.
  5. Florentii Wigornensis Monachi Chronicon, Continuatio, p. 243.
  6. Stubbs, W. (ed.) (1882) Annales Londonienses and Annales Paulini (London), Annales Londonienses, p. 98.
  7. Genealogia Ducum Brabantiæ Ampliata 14, MGH SS XXV, p. 397.
  8. Butkens (1724), Vol. I, Preuves, p. 145, "Extraict des registres de la ville de Malines".
  9. Butkens (1724), Vol. I, Preuves, p. 144, "Extraict des registres de la ville de Malines".
  10. Butkens (1724), Vol. I, Preuves, p. 146, "Extraicts des chartes de la maison de Berges sur Soom".

See also

Regnal titles
Preceded by
John I
Duke of Brabant, Lothier, and Limburg
Succeeded by
John III
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