A portrait of John's third wife
Jeanne of Bourbon-Vendome.
A 19th century portrait
of John II, Duke of Bourbon by
Jean-Léonard Lugardon .
John earned his nicknames "John the Good" and "The Scourge of the English" for his efforts in helping drive out the English from France.
He was made constable of France in 1483 by his brother Peter and sister-in-law Anne, to neutralize him as a threat to their regency.
In an effort to win discontented nobles back to his side, Louis XI of France made great efforts to give out magnificent gifts to certain individuals; John was a recipient of these overtures. According to contemporary chronicles, the King received John in Paris with "honours, caresses, pardon, and gifts; everything was lavished upon him". In further attempts to gain the nobles' favor, the King proposed a match between his eldest legitimized daughter Marguerite to John's eldest illegitimate son Louis de Bourbon. The marriage was celebrated in Paris with royal magnificence and the wedded couple were heaped with honors and wealth by the King. It has been said despite all of his brilliant marriages, nothing flattered John more than this particular marriage between his natural son and a legitimized daughter of the King.
John is notable for making three brilliant alliances but leaving no legitimate issue.