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Peter II of Sicily : biography

1304 - 15 August 1342

Peter II (1304 – 15 August 1342) was crowned King of Sicily (then called Trinacria) in 1321 and gained full sovereignty when his father died in 1337.

His father was Frederick III of Sicily and his mother was Eleanor of Anjou, a daughter of Charles II of Naples and Maria Arpad of Hungary. Maria was a granddaughter of Béla IV of Hungary and Maria Laskarina.

His reign was marked by strife between the throne and the nobility, especially the old families of Ventimiglia, Palizzi, Chiaramonte, and Antiochia.

He died suddenly in 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.

Ancestry

Marriage and Children

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

  • Louis of Sicily, succeeded his father
  • 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
  • Frederick IV, 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
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Living octopus

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