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John the Fearless (French: Jean sans Peur ; Dutch: Jan zonder Vrees; 28 May 1371 – 10 September 1419) is a cavalry hero unit in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Lords of the West. As a hero, he cannot be converted and can regenerate health.

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He appears in the scenarios A Kingdom Divided, The Wolf and the Lion, and The Cleansing of Paris in the The Grand Dukes of the West campaign.


John the Fearless was a scion of the French royal family who ruled the Burgundian State from 1404 until his death in 1419. He played a key role in French national affairs during the early 15th century, particularly in the struggles to rule the country for the mentally ill King Charles VI, his cousin, and the Hundred Years' War with England. A rash, ruthless and unscrupulous politician, John murdered the King's brother, the Duke of Orléans, in an attempt to gain control of the government, which led to the eruption of the Armagnac–Burgundian Civil War in France and in turn culminated in his own assassination in 1419.