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John II, Duke of Cleves

John II, Duke of Cleves Duke of Cleves

Duke of Cleves
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Intro Duke of Cleves
Gender male
Birth 13 April 1458 (Kleve, Kreis Kleve, Düsseldorf Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia)
Death 15 March 1521
Mother: Elizabeth of Nevers
Father: John IDuke of Cleves
Siblings: EngelbertCount of NeversPhilip of Cleves
Spouse: Mathilde of Hesse
Children: John IIIDuke of Cleves
The details

John II, "The Babymaker", Duke of Cleves, Count of Mark, (German: Johann II. "der Kindermacher", Herzog von Kleve, Graf von Mark) (13 April 1458 – 15 March 1521) was a son of John I, Duke of Cleves and Elizabeth of Nevers. He ruled Cleves from 1481 to his death in 1521. He was called "The Babymaker" since he fathered sixty-three illegitimate children before his marriage with Mathilde of Hesse in 1490. She was the daughter of Henry III, Landgrave of Upper Hesse and his wife Anna of Katzenelnbogen.

They had three children :

  • John III (1490–1539), his successor
  • Anna (1495–1567), married in 1518 with count Philip III of Waldeck-Eisenberg
  • Adolf (1498–1525), appointed by his father's cousin Philip of Cleves, Lord of Ravenstein and Wijnendale, as his successor, but died before Philip (1528)


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