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Peter II of Sicily

King of sicily
The basics
AKA Peter of Aragon
Date of birth Catania, Province of Catania, Sicily, Italy
Date of death Aug 15, 1342 Calascibetta, Province of Enna, Sicily, Italy
Mother: Eleanor of Anjou
Brother(s): William II of Athens Alfonso Fadrique d'Aragona Count of Malta Manfred of Athens Roland of Sicily Sanciolo d'Aragona John Duke of Randazzo
Children: Louis, King of Sicily Constance of Sicily (regent) Eleanor of Sicily Beatrice of Sicily (1326–1365) Euphemia of Sicily Frederick the Simple Bianca d'Aragona
Sister(s): Constance of Sicily Queen of Cyprus Margaret of Sicily Elisabeth of Sicily Duchess of Bavaria
Spouse: Elizabeth of Carinthia, Queen of Sicily
Father: Frederick III of Sicily
Authority VIAF id
The details

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:


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