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Peter II of Sicily

Peter II of Sicily

King of sicily
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro King of sicily
A.K.A. Peter of Aragon
Gender male
Birth 24 July 1305 (Catania, Province of Catania, Sicily, Italy)
Death 15 August 1342 (Calascibetta, Province of Enna, Sicily, Italy)
Star sign Leo
Mother: Eleanor of Anjou
Father: Frederick III of Sicily
Siblings: William II of AthensAlfonso Fadrique d'AragonaCount of MaltaManfred of AthensRoland of SicilySanciolo d'AragonaJohnDuke of RandazzoConstance of SicilyQueen of CyprusMargaret of SicilyElisabeth of SicilyDuchess of Bavaria
Spouse: Elizabeth of Carinthia, Queen of Sicily
Children: Louis, King of SicilyConstance of Sicily (regent)Eleanor of SicilyBeatrice of Sicily (1326–1365)Euphemia of SicilyFrederick the SimpleBianca d'Aragona
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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