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John of Luxembourg

  • Birth 10 Aug 1296 Luxembourg
  • Death 26 Aug 1346 Crecy-en-Ponthieu, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
  • Burial Luxembourg, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Memorial ID 20422

King of Bohemia, Count of Luxembourg. Born Jean de Luxembourg, the only son of Henri VII de Luxembourg, Holy Roman Emperor and Marguerite de Brabant. In 1310, he married Elisabeth of Bohemia, and succeeded to the titles of Comte de Luxembourg and King of Bohemia. He was also the titular King of Poland. Resented as a perceived foreigner, he gave up administration of Bohemia to travel, fighting against against the duke of Brabant; he also led the knights of the Teutonic Order against Lithuania and Pomerania. He attacked the Poles and brought Silesia under his control. He obtained Tyrol by marrying his eldest son their heiress, and assisted the emperor in the defeat and capture Frederick the Fair at the battle of Miihldorf in 1322. After 1333, King Casimir III of Poland exchanged all claims to Silesia in exchange for John's waiver of the Polish throne. Widowed, he married a second time in 1334 to Beatrice de Bourbon. He allied himself with the kings of Hungary and Poland, fought against the emperor and his Austrian allies, in 1337 he allied with Phillipe VI France and served as governor of Languedoc from 1338 to 1340 at about which time his vision failed. Apparently, his activities slowed little, and he secured the election of his son, Charles, Margrave of Moravia, as German king, in July 1346. He then journeyed to France to assist Philippe of France against the English. He fought at the battle of Crécy, the bridles from a pair of his knight's horses to tied to his horse so that the blind king could be led into the battle where he was killed at age 50. His body was found and taken to Montreuil for burial. Charles, his son by his first wife, became the King of Bohemia and eventually, Holy Roman Emperor. His son by his second wife, Wenceslas, succeeded as Duc de Luxembourg. In 1946 his remains were removed from Crécy and taken to Luxembourg where they were interred in the Cathedral of Our Lady.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 24 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20422
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John of Luxembourg (10 Aug 1296–26 Aug 1346), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20422, citing Cathedral of Our Lady, Luxembourg, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg ; Maintained by Find A Grave .