Pierre II, Comte de COURTENAY, Emperor of Constantinople
- Born: 1155, Courtenay, Galinois, France
- Married (1): Between 24 Jun 1193 and 1 Jul 1193, Soissons, France
- Died: Before Jan 1218, Epirus
de Nevers, d'Auxerre et de Tonnerre, Marquis de Namur
Peter first married Agnes of Nevers, via whom he obtained the 3 counties of Nevers, Auxerre, and Tonerre. He took for his second wife, Yolanda of Flanders (d. 1219), a sister of Baldwin and Henry of Flanders, who were afterwards the first and second emperors of the Latin Empire of Constantinople. Peter accompanied his cousin, King Philip Augustus, on the crusade of 1190 and fought (alongside his brother Robert) in the Albigensian Crusade in 1209 and 1211, when he took part in the siege of Lavaur. He was present at the Battle of Bouvines in 1214.
When his brother-in-law, the emperor Henry, died without sons in 1216, Peter was chosen as his successor, and with a small army set out from France to take possession of his throne. Consecrated emperor at Rome, in a church outside the walls, by Pope Honorius III on April 9, 1217, he borrowed some ships from the Venetians, promising in return to conquer Durazzo for them; but he failed in this enterprise, and sought to make his way to Constantinople by land. On the journey he was seized by the despot of Epirus, Theodore Angelus, and, after an imprisonment of two years, died, probably by foul means. Peter thus never governed his empire, which, however, was ruled for a time by his wife, Yolanda, who had succeeded in reaching Constantinople. Two of his sons, Robert and Baldwin, in turn held the throne of the Latin Empire. 15432
Pierre married Yolande, Comtesse de FLANDRES, Margravina of Namur,
daughter of Baudouin (Baldwin) (V) I, Comte de HAINAUT and Margareta
de FLANDRES, between 24 Jun 1193 and 1 Jul 1193 in Soissons, France.
(Yolande, Comtesse de FLANDRES was born in 1175 in Flandres, Belgium
and died on 26 Aug 1219 in Constantinople, Byzantium.)
Pierre also married Agnès de NEVERS, d'Auxerre et de Tonnerre, daughter
of Guy, Comte de NEVERS and Mahaud de BOURGOGNE, comtesse de Grignon.