John of Artois, Count of Eu

John of Artois (29 August 1321 – 1387), called "sans Terre" (Lackland), was the son of Robert III of Artois and Joan of Valois.[1] The confiscation of his father's goods for attempted fraud in 1331 had left him without an inheritance.

John of Artois
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John of Artois with his wife, Isabelle de Melun
Born(1321-08-29)29 August 1321
Died1387(1387-00-00) (aged 65–66)
Noble familyArtois
Isabeau of Melun
(m. 1352)
FatherRobert III of Artois
MotherJeanne of Valois

In 1352, he was created Count of Eu by King John II of France,[1] a title earlier forfeited at the execution of the previous holder, Raoul II of Brienne. He was badly wounded at the Battle of Poitiers on 19 September 1356, and was captured there by the English.[2] Enormously rich his ransom was sold to the Edward the Black Prince by his captor Élie de Pommiers for 30,000 gold écus.

He married Isabeau of Melun (1328–1389),[3] daughter of John I of Melun, Count of Tancarville, on 11 July 1352 and had the following issue:



  1. ^ a b Tonnerre & Verry 2003, p. 285.
  2. ^ Sumption 1999, p. 147.
  3. ^ a b Gaude-Ferragu 2016, p. 157.


  • Gaude-Ferragu, Murielle (2016). Queenship in Medieval France, 1300–1500. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Sumption, Jonathon (1999). The Hundred Years War: Trial by Fire. University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Tonnerre, Noël-Yves; Verry, Élisabeth (2003). Les Princes angevins du XIIIe au XVe siècle: Un destin européen (in French). Presses universitaires de Rennes.
John of Artois, Count of Eu
Cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty
Born: 29 August 1321 Died: 1387
French nobility
Preceded by Count of Eu
Succeeded by