John II of Beirut

John of Ibelin (died 1264), often called John II, was the Lord of Beirut from 1254, named after his grandfather John I, the famous "Old Lord of Beirut". His parents were Balian of Ibelin and Eschiva de Montfaucon, daughter of Walter of Montbéliard and Bourgogne de Lusignan of Cyprus.

John II
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Lord of Beirut
Reign1254–1264
PredecessorBalian of Beirut
SuccessorIsabella of Beirut
Died1264
BuriedNicosia
Noble familyHouse of Ibelin-Beirut
Spouse(s)Alice de la Roche of Athens
Issue
FatherBalian of Beirut
MotherEschiva de Montfaucon Montbéliard

BiographyEdit

He inherited the Lordship of Beirut from Hugh of Ibelin. In 1258, by "manipulat[ing] the complex regency laws", John and his compatriot John of Jaffa, succeeded in aligning the feudatories of Jerusalem with the Republic of Venice against that of Genoa in the War of Saint Sabas. He took part in a very large raid alongside the Templars into Galilee in 1260. They were defeated at the camp near Tiberias in a route by some Turcomen and John was taken captive along with John of Gibelet, James Vidal, and Thomas Bérard, Grand Master of the Knights Templar. His ransom alone was 20,000 bezants.

He married Alice de la Roche, daughter of Guy I, Duke of Athens; he had two daughters:

AncestryEdit

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Hugh of Beirut
Lord of Beirut
1254–1264
Succeeded by
Isabella of Ibelin

ReferencesEdit

  • Marshall, Christopher. Warfare in the Latin East, 1192–1291. Cambridge University Press, 1992.