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Peter II of Courtenay, Emperor of Constantinople

Male Abt 1155 - Bef 1218  (~ 62 years)


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  • Name Peter II of Courtenay 
    Suffix Emperor of Constantinople 
    Born Abt 1155  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef Jan 1218  [1
    Person ID I20666  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2019 

    Father Pierre of France,   b. Abt 1121,   d. Between 1180 and 1183, Palestine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Mother Elisabeth de Courtenay,   d. Aft 1205 
    Married Aft 1150  [1
    Family ID F4962  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Agnes de Nevers,   d. 1192 
    Married 1184  [1
    Children 
    +1. Mahaut de Courtenay,   b. Abt 1188,   d. 29 Jul 1257  (Age ~ 69 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F14867  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Yolanda of Flanders,   b. Abt 1175,   d. Aug 1219  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Married Jun 1193  [1
    Children 
    +1. Yolanda of Courtenay, Queen Consort of Hungary,   b. Abt 1200,   d. 1233  (Age ~ 33 years)
    Last Modified 26 May 2018 
    Family ID F12776  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From Wikipedia:

      Peter II was a son of Peter I of Courtenay, the youngest son of Louis VI of France and his second Queen consort Adélaide de Maurienne. His mother was Elisabeth de Courtenay, daughter of Renaud de Courtenay (died 1194) and Hawise du Donjon.

      Peter first married Agnes I, via whom he obtained the three counties of Nevers, Auxerre, and Tonnerre. He took for his second wife, Yolanda of Flanders (died 1219), a sister of Baldwin and Henry of Flanders, who were afterwards the first and second emperors of the Latin Empire of Constantinople. Peter accompanied his cousin, King Philip Augustus, on the crusade of 1190 and fought (alongside his brother Robert) in the Albigensian Crusade in 1209 and 1211, when he took part in the siege of Lavaur. He was present at the Battle of Bouvines in 1214.

      When his brother-in-law, the emperor Henry, died without sons in 1216, Peter was chosen as his successor, and with a small army he left his residence of château de Druyes, in France to take possession of his throne. Consecrated emperor at Rome, in a church outside the walls, by Pope Honorius III on 9 April 1217, he borrowed some ships from the Venetians, promising in return to conquer Durazzo for them; but he failed in this enterprise, and sought to make his way to Constantinople by land. On the journey he was seized by the despot of Epirus, Theodore Komnenos Doukas, and, after an imprisonment of two years, died, probably by foul means. Peter thus never governed his empire, which, however, was ruled for a time by his wife, Yolanda, who had succeeded in reaching Constantinople. Two of his sons, Robert and Baldwin, in turn emperors of the Latin Empire of Constantinople.

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Genealogics, by Leo Van de Pas.