Peter II, Count of Alençon

Peter II of Alençon, called The Noble (1340 – 20 September 1404; French: Pierre II d'Alençon, or Pierre de Valois), was Count of Alençon from 1361 and Count of Perche from 1377. He was the son of Charles II of Alençon and Maria de la Cerda.[1]

Peter II, Count of Alençon
Alençon Arms.svg
Coat of arms of the counts and dukes of Alençon of the House of Valois
Died2 September 1404(1404-09-02) (aged 63–64)
Argentan, Normandy, France
Noble familyValois
Spouse(s)Marie Chamaillard, Viscountess of Beaumont-au-Maine
FatherCharles II of Alençon
MotherMaria de la Cerda
Coat of arms of the counts of Perche.


Knighted in 1350, Peter was one of the hostages exchanged for King John after the Battle of Poitiers, and did not return to France until 1370.[2] He and his brother Robert campaigned against the English in Aquitaine, taking Limoges, but failed to capture Usson (1371).[citation needed]

On 10 October 1371, Peter married Marie Chamaillart, Viscountess of Beaumont-au-Maine.[3] They had:

  1. Marie of Alençon (29 March 1373–1417), married 1390 in Paris John VII of Harcourt, Count of Harcourt and Aumale (died 1452).[4]
  2. Peter (1374–1375)
  3. John (1375–1376)
  4. Marie (1377)
  5. Jeanne (1378–1403, Argentan)
  6. Catherine (1380, Verneuil – 25 June 1462, Paris), married 1411 in Alençon Peter d'Évreux, Infante of Navarre and Count of Mortain (1366–1412), married 1 October 1413 in Paris Louis VII, Duke of Bavaria-Ingolstadt (1365–1447)
  7. Marguerite (1383 – aft. 1400), became a nun at Argentan
  8. John I of Alençon (1385–1415)[1]

He subsequently fought under Guesclin in Brittany and was wounded before Hennebont, and took part in an expedition against William I of Guelders in 1388.[citation needed]

He also had one illegitimate son:

  1. Peter, "Bastard of Alençon" (d. aft. January 1422), Lord of Aunou[citation needed]

In popular cultureEdit

In the 2021 film The Last Duel directed by Ridley Scott, his role was played by actor Ben Affleck.[5]


  1. ^ a b Autrand 1994, p. 859.
  2. ^ Cosneau 1889, p. 48.
  3. ^ Potter 1995, p. 375.
  4. ^ Hirschbiegel 2014, p. 679.
  5. ^ "The Last Duel (2021) - IMDb".[unreliable source?]


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  • Cosneau, Eugène (1889). Les grands traités de la guerre de cent ans (in French). Alphonse Picard.
  • Hirschbiegel, Jan (2014). Étrennes: Untersuchungen zum höfischen Geschenkverkehr im spätmittelalterlichen Frankreich zur Zeit König Karls VI. (1380–1422) (in German). De Gruyter.
  • Potter, David (1995). Keen, Maurice (ed.). A History of France, 1460–1560: The Emergence of a Nation State. Macmillan.
Peter II, Count of Alençon
Cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty
Born: 1340 Died: 20 September 1404
Preceded by Count of Alençon
1361 – 1404
Succeeded by
Preceded by Count of Perche
1377 – 1404