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John II of Luxembourg, Count of Ligny

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Reign  1397 - 5 January 1441
Predecessor  Rene
Predecessor  John I
Successor  Louis I

Successor  Louis
Name  John of
Reign  1425 - 5 January 1441
House  House of Luxembourg
John II of Luxembourg, Count of Ligny
Died  January 5, 1441, Guise, France
Spouse  Jeanne de Bethune, Viscountess of Meaux (m. 1418)
Parents  Margaret, Countess of Brienne, John of Luxembourg, Lord of Beauvoir
Grandparents  Guy I, Count of Ligny, Louis, Count of Enghien, Giovanna of Sanseverino
Similar People  Philip the Good, Joan of Arc, Henry VII - Holy Roman E

John II of Luxembourg, Count of Ligny (1392–5 January 1441, Guise) was a French nobleman and soldier, a younger son of John of Luxembourg, Lord of Beauvoir and Marguerite of Enghien. He married Jeanne de Béthune, Viscountess of Meaux, widow of Robert of Bar, on November 23, 1418, and became step-father to Jeanne de Bar, Countess of Marle and Soissons. He and Jeanne de Béthune had no children.

His older brother Peter received his mother's fiefs, including the County of Brienne, while John received Beaurevoir. He took the side of the English during the Hundred Years' War, and carried out a number of chevauchées on behalf of the Regent Bedford. In 1425, he seized the seigneurie of Guise, which he had disputed with René of Anjou.

He joined Philip III, Duke of Burgundy in the Siege of Compiègne in 1430. While the siege was ultimately unsuccessful, a soldier in his company (the Bastard of Vendôme) captured Joan of Arc, whom he sent to Beauvoir as a prisoner. Shortly thereafter, his aunt Jeanne of Luxembourg, who was then living with him, died and left him the County of Ligny. Under pressure from England and Burgundy, John ultimately sold Joan to the English for 10,000 livres, thus causing her death.

At his death, he left Ligny and Guise to his nephew Louis.

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