Jean II (Viennois)

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Jean II. De la Tour-du-Pin (* 1280 ; † March 5, 1319 in Pont de Sorgues near Avignon ) was Dauphin of Viennois from 1306 to 1319. He was the son of Humbert I , lord of La Tour-du -Pin and Coligny-le-Neuf , and Anna of Burgundy, Dauphine of Viennois.

Jean's achievement was mainly to use the armistice between the Dauphiné and Savoy to strengthen the national defense by founding cities on the border. He tried to attract settlers by giving up cleared land and building permits, who in return were obliged to maintain the city fortifications to protect against Savoyard raids. At that time, the towns of La Buissière and Avalon ( Saint-Maximin (Isère) ) were surrounded by a city wall, which protected the valley between Grenoble and Chambéry at the level of today's departmental border. The costs for the work were raised by the citizens in the form of a “Vingtain” tax in kind, which was first collected in 1310.

Jean II died on March 5, 1319 on the way back from a visit to the papal court in Pont-sur-Sorgues, a small town about four kilometers outside Avignon .


In 1296 he married Beatrix of Hungary, daughter of Karl Martell , Prince of Sicily and titular king of Hungary , and Clementia of Habsburg . He had three children with her:

  • Guigues VIII (* 1309; † 1333), Dauphin du Viennois;
  • Humbert II (* 1312; † 1355), Dauphin du Viennois;
  • Catherine.

Jean also had an illegitimate son:

  • Mainfredin († after 1336), Dominican in the convent of Tardonois.

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predecessor Office successor
Humbert I
(de iure uxoris)
Dauphin von Viennois
Guigues VIII.