Meet John II of France, who was captured by the English, in the Hundred Years War, and held hostage in London. An exchange of hostages occurred, with his son, Louis, taking his place. When John II was informed that Louis had escaped from captivity, he voluntarily returned to England as a hostage.

John II of France

John II (French: Jean II; 26 April 1319 – 8 April 1364), called John the Good (French: Jean le Bon), was King of France from 1350 until his death.

When John II came to power, France was facing several disasters: the Black Death, which killed nearly half of its population; popular revolts known as Jacqueries; free companies (Grandes Compagnies) of routiers who plundered the country; and English aggression that resulted in catastrophic military losses, including the Battle of Poitiers of 1356, in which John was captured.

While John was a prisoner in London, his son Charles became regent and faced several rebellions, which he overcame. To liberate his father, he concluded the Treaty of Brétigny (1360), by which France lost many territo… Continue Reading (11 minute read)

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  1. idreamofpikas

    Sounds pretty good compared to John FitzGilbert whose son was held hostage by King Stephen during the Anarchy and told the King he could execute his son as he could simply make more

    > When Stephen ordered John to surrender immediately or William would be hanged, John replied that he should go ahead saying, ***”I still have the hammer and the anvil with which to forge still more and better sons!”*** Subsequently, a pretence was made to launch William from a pierrière (a type of trebuchet) towards the castle. Stephen could not bring himself to harm young William. William remained a crown hostage for many months, and was released following the peace resulting from the terms agreed at Winchester on 6 November 1153, by which the civil war was ended

  2. DarkBabyYoda

    and decisions like that are why the war lasted a hundred years.

  3. Smiling_Mister_J

    And what proceeded would be known as the most epic “Son, we need to talk…” of all time.

  4. juicius

    11 children in 11 years with his first wife… Maybe when she caught the Black Plague, she thought, “Maybe I’ll get to skip this year…”

    spoiler: she skipped forever.

  5. BetweenThePosts

    Let’s not pretend that the English didn’t wine and dine him while in captivity, like the Goodfellas but royal. Kings were considered superior beings

  6. 88BlueBeard

    Came back for the food

  7. nels5104

    Was he shagging a hot chamber maid or something?

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