James II, Count of Urgell

James II (in Catalan Jaume II d'Urgell or Jaume el Dissortat "James the Unfortunate", in Spanish Jayme II de Urgel) (1380 – 1 June 1433) was the Count of Urgell (1408–1413), Viscount of Àger, and lord of Antillón, Alcolea de Cinca, and Fraga. Scion of a younger branch of the House of Barcelona and its last male member, he was the centre of opposition to the House of Trastámara after its succeeded to the Crown of Aragon in 1412.

Born at Balaguer to Peter II of Urgell and Margaret of Montferrat, he inherited the county of Urgell from his father in 1408. In Valencia on 29 June 1407, he had married Isabella, daughter of Peter IV of Aragon and sister of Martin the Humane, who appointed him lieutenant of the Kingdom of Aragon in 1408.

Following the death in 1409 of Martin the Younger, heir to the Aragonese Crown, the king appointed James governor-general, an act interpreted by James as implying his heirdom. Following the death of the king in 1410, however, James was one of the six candidates who claimed the throne. Succession through the male line, as ordained in the will of James I of Aragon, would have given him the crown, but through the Compromise of Caspe, Ferdinand of Antequera was elected instead.

Influenced by his mother, Margaret of Montferrat, and by Antón de Luna, James II of Urgell refused to recognise Ferdinand as king and took up arms against him. Defeated at Castefrorite and Montearagón, James took refuge in the castle of Balaguer which was under siege by the royal troops. He surrendered on the 31 October 1413 and was imprisoned in Teruel and then Játiva where he died twenty years later.

James had four daughters and one son:

  • his eldest child, Isabella (1409–1430), married Peter, Duke of Coimbra, in 1428;
  • his second child, Eleanor (1414–1438), married Raimon Orsini in 1436;
  • his third child, Joanna (1415–1445), married John I, Count of Foix in 1435 and, then,remarried Joan Ramon Folc III de Cardona in 1445;
  • his only son, the fourth child, was Philip, who died around 1422 while still young;
  • his youngest child, Catherine, who also died young not long after Philip (c.1424).
Titles of nobility
Preceded by
Peter II
Count of Urgell
Merged with
the Crown of Aragon
Infantes of Aragon
1st Generation
  • Sancho I
  • García
2nd Generation
3rd Generation
  • Peter
4th Generation
  • Peter
  • Ramon/Alfonso II
  • Peter, Count of Cerdanya/Ramon Berenguer III, Count of Provence
  • Sancho, Count of Provence
  • Ramon
5th Generation
  • Peter II
  • Alfonso II, Count of Provence
  • Sancho
  • Ferdinand
  • Ramon Berenguer
6th Generation
  • James I
7th Generation
  • Alfonso
  • Peter III
  • James II of Majorca
  • Ferdinand
  • Sancho
  • James, Lord of Jérica
  • Peter, Lord of Ayerbe
8th Generation
  • Alfonso III
  • James II
  • Frederick III of Sicily
  • Pedro
  • James 
  • Sancho of Majorca 
  • Philip 
  • Ferdinand, Viscount of Aumelas 
  • James, Lord of Jérica
  • Peter, Lord of Ayerbe
9th Generation
  • James
  • Alfonso IV
  • John
  • Peter, Count of Ribagorza
  • Ramon Berenguer, Count of Ampurias
  • Peter II of Sicily 
  • Roger 
  • Manfred, Duke of Athens and Neopatria 
  • William II, Duke of Athens and Neopatria 
  • John, Duke of Randazzo 
  • James III of Majorca 
  • Ferdinand, Viscount of Aumelas 
  • James, Lord of Jérica
  • Peter, Lord of Jérica
  • Alfonso, Lord of Cocentaina
10th Generation
  • Alfonso
  • Peter IV
  • James I, Count of Urgell
  • Fadrique
  • Sancho
  • Ferdinand, Marquis of Tortosa
  • John, Lord of Elche
  • Alfonso, Count of Ribagorza
  • John, Count of Prades
  • Jaime
  • John, Count of Ampurias
  • Peter, Count of Ampurias
  • Louis of Sicily 
  • Frederick IV of Sicily 
  • Frederick I, Duke of Athens and Neopatria 
  • James IV of Majorca 
11th Generation
  • Peter
  • John I
  • Martin
  • Alfonso
  • Alonso, Count of Morella
  • Peter
  • Peter II, Count of Urgell
  • Infante John of Ribagorza
  • James, Baron of Arenós
  • Alfonso, Count of Ribagorza
  • Peter, Marquis of Villena
  • Peter, Count of Prades
  • James, Count of Prades
  • Louis of Prades
12th Generation
  • James
  • John
  • Alfonso
  • James, Duke of Girona
  • Fernando, Duke of Girona
  • Pedro, Duke of Girona
  • Martin I of Sicily
  • James
  • John
  • Antonio of Urgell
  • James II, Count of Urgell
  • Peter of Urgell
  • John, Baron of Etenza
13th Generation
  • Peter
  • Martin
14th Generation
  • Alfonso V
  • John II
  • Henry, Duke of Villena
  • Peter, Count of Alburquerque
  • Sancho
15th Generation
  • Charles, Prince of Viana
  • Ferdinand II
16th Generation
  • Juan, Prince of Asturias
  • John, Prince of Girona
17th Generation
  • Charles I of Spain
  • Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor
  • also a prince of Majorca
  • also a prince of Sicily
Name James II, Count of Urgell
Alternative names
Short description Infante of Aragon
Date of birth 1380
Place of birth
Date of death 1 June 1433
Place of death

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