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John II, Count Palatine of Simmern

John II, Count Palatine of Simmern

Count Palatine of Simmern
The basics
Quick Facts
Occupations Judge
Countries Germany
Gender male
Birth March 20, 1492 (Simmern, Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
Death May 18, 1557 (Simmern, Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
Family
Father: John ICount Palatine of Simmern
Spouse: Beatrice of Baden
Children: Frederick IIIElector PalatineSabinaDuchess of BavariaCountess Palatine Helena of SimmernRichardCount Palatine of Simmern-SponheimKatharina von Pfalz-SimmernJohanna von Pfalz-SimmernBrigitta von Pfalz-SimmernElisabeth von Pfalz-Simmern
The details
Biography

Johann II (21 March 1492 – 18 May 1557) was the Count Palatine of Simmern from 1509 until 1557.

Johann II was born in Simmern in 1492 as the eldest surviving son of Johann I, Count Palatine of Simmern. In 1508 he married Beatrix of Baden, daughter of Margrave Christoph I. He succeeded his father in 1509. Johann II allowed printing to be established in Simmern and was a patron of sculpture. He introduced the Reformation into Simmern which led to increased tensions with his neighbours, the Archbishoprics of Trier and Mainz.

Children

With Beatrix of Baden:

  1. Katherine (27 March 1510 – 22 March 1572)
  2. Joanna (1 July 1512 – 2 February 1581)
  3. Ottilie (4 November 1513 – 6 September 1553)
  4. Frederick III (14 February 1515 – 26 October 1576)
  5. Brigitte (18 August 1516 – 13 April 1562)
  6. Georg (20 February 1518 – 17 May 1569)
  7. Elizabeth (13 February 1520 – 18 February 1564)
  8. Reichard (25 July 1521 – 13 January 1598)
  9. Maria (29 April 1524 – 29 May 1576)
  10. William (24 July 1526 – 9 March 1527)
  11. Sabina (13 June 1528 – 19 June 1578)
  12. Helena (13 June 1532 – 5 February 1579)
John II, Count Palatine of Simmern
House of Wittelsbach
Born: 21 March 1492 Died: 18 May 1557
German nobility
Preceded by
John I
Count Palatine of Simmern
1509–1557
Succeeded by
Frederick II
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