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Peter II of Sicily

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Successor
  
Louis, King of Sicily

Burial
  
Cathedral of Palermo


Name
  
Peter of

House
  
House of Barcelona

Peter II of Sicily

Tenure
  
25 June 1337 - 15 August 1342

Predecessor
  
Frederick III of Sicily

Issue
  
Louis of Sicily Frederick IV of Sicily Constance of Sicily Eleanor, Queen of Aragon Beatrice, Electress Palatine Euphemia of Sicily Violante of Sicily John of Sicily Blanche, Countess of Amphurias

Father
  
Frederick III of Sicily

Died
  
August 15, 1342, Calascibetta, Italy

Spouse
  
Elizabeth of Carinthia, Queen of Sicily (m. 1323)

Children
  
Frederick the Simple, Louis, King of Sicily, Eleanor of Sicily, Beatrice of Sicily

Parents
  
Eleanor of Anjou, Frederick III of Sicily

Similar People
  
Peter III of Aragon, Peter IV of Aragon, Martin of Aragon, John I of Aragon, James II of Aragon

Peter II (1304 – 8 August 1342) was the King of Sicily from 1337 until his death, although he was associated with his father as co-ruler from 1321. Peter's father Frederick III of Sicily and his mother was Eleanor, a daughter of Charles II of Naples. His reign was marked by strife between the throne and the nobility, especially the old families of Ventimiglia, Palizzi and Chiaramonte, and by war between Sicily and Naples.

Contemporaries regarded Peter as feeble-minded. Giovanni Villani, in his Nuova Cronica, calls him "almost an imbecile" (Italianate Latin: quasi un mentacatto) and Nicola Speciale, in his Historia Sicula, calls him "pure and simple" (purus et simplex).

Under Peter, the Neapolitans conquered the Lipari Islands and took the cities of Milazzo and Termini in Sicily itself. He died after a short illness on 8 August 1342 in Calascibetta and was buried in the cathedral of Palermo. He was succeeded by Louis, his eldest son, who was only five years old.

Marriage and Children

He married Elisabeth of Carinthia, with whom he had nine children:

  • Constance (1324 – October 1355), regent of Sicily from 1352 to 1354, unmarried
  • Eleanor (1325–1375), married Peter IV of Aragon, mother of Martin II of Sicily
  • Beatrice (1326–1365), married Rupert II, Elector Palatine, mother of Rupert of Germany.
  • Euphemia (1330–1359), regent from 1355 to 1357, unmarried
  • Louis of Sicily (1338 - 1355), succeeded his father
  • Frederick IV (1341 - 1377), successor of Louis
  • Violante (born 1334), died young
  • John (1342 – 22 June 1353), died young
  • Blanche (1342–1373), married Count John I of Empúries, but had no issue
  • References

    Peter II of Sicily Wikipedia


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