Shortly before his death King Jacques II entrusted the protection of his kingdom to his
friend, the Venetian admiral Pietro Mocenigo.
Caterina Cornaro was appointed queen until
the birth of an heir, which was shortly expected, and the management of affairs was
entrusted to a council of regency among whom were the uncles of the queen. Her son King
Jacques III, was born in August 1473, but only lived one year.