John of Brittany, Earl of Richmond

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John of Brittany or Jean de Bretagne (c. 1266 – 17 January 1334) 3rd Earl of Richmond, was an English nobleman of Breton origin. He entered royal service under Edward I, and fought in the Scottish Wars. On 15 October 1306 he received his father's title of Earl of Richmond. Although he was generally loyal to Edward II during the times of baronial opposition, he eventually supported the coup of Isabella and Mortimer. He then retired to his estates in France, and for the rest of his life remained politically inactive.

John of Brittany was not an accomplished soldier, and among the earls of England he was politically quite insignificant. He was nevertheless a capable diplomat, valued by both Edward I and Edward II for his negotiating skills. John was never married, and upon his death his title and estates fell to his nephew, John III, Duke of Brittany.

Family background and early life

John was the second surviving son of John II, Duke of Brittany, and his wife Beatrice, who together had three sons and three daughters who survived to adulthood. Beatrice was the daughter of Henry III of England, which made John the nephew of Henry's son and heir Edward I. His father held the title of Earl of Richmond, but was little involved in English political affairs. John was raised at...
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