Charles IV, Duke of Anjou

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Charles IV, Duke of Anjou, also Charles of Maine, Count of Le Maine and Guise (1446–12/10/1481) was the son of the Angevin prince Charles of Le Maine, Count of Maine, who was the youngest son of Louis II of Anjou and Yolande of Aragon, Queen of Four Kingdoms.

He succeeded his father as Count of Maine, Guise, Mortain and Gien in 1472. He succeeded his uncle René I of Naples in 1480 as 5th Duke of Anjou and Count of Provence, according to the will of René who had no surviving son. René's surviving daughter Yolande received Bar and was already Duchess of Lorraine.

He also used the title of Duke of Calabria, in token of the claims to Naples he inherited from René.

In 1474, he married Joan of Lorraine (1458-1/25/1480[1]), daughter of Frederick II of Vaudémont, but they had no children. He died on 12/10/1481.[2]

He willed his inheritance to his cousin Louis XI of France, whose heirs thus obtained a claim to the affairs of Italy, pursued in the next decades.

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  1. ^ Cawley, Charles. "Medieval Lands". http://fmg.ac/. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Cawley, Charles. "Medieval Lands". http://fmg.ac/. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
Preceded by
René
Duke of Anjou
Count of Provence and Forcalquier

1480–1481
To Royal Domain
Preceded by
Charles of Le Maine
Count of Gien, Guise, Maine and Mortain
1472–1481