Charles de La Cerda

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This article is about the 14th-century nobleman. For the general who fought in the Peninsular War, see Charles d'Espagne (1775–1839).
Charles de La Cerda
Father Alfonso de la Cerda
Mother Isabelle d'Antoing
Born 1327
Died January 8, 1354
Religion Roman Catholicism

Charles de La Cerda (1327 – 8 January 1354, L'Aigle), (in French: Charles d'Espagne) was Franco-Castilian nobleman and soldier, was the son of Alfonso de la Cerda (died 1327) and Isabelle d'Antoing.

A boyhood companion and favorite of John, Duke of Normandy, he commanded the Castilian galleys at the Battle of L'Espagnols-sur-Mer, where he was defeated by Edward III of England after a long and desperate struggle. Soon after John's accession as John II of France, he was appointed Constable of France and created Count of Angoulême. Vacant since the death of Joan II of Navarre in 1349, the title to Angoulême was claimed by her son, Charles II of Navarre, who bitterly resented La Cerda's preferment. In 1351, he married Marguerite, daughter of Charles of Blois.

In 1354, ruffians hired by the King of Navarre set upon and slew de la Cerda in an inn.

Title last held by
Count of Angoulême
Title next held by
John I