Frederick of Naples

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King of Naples
Reign 1496-1501
Predecessor Ferdinand II
Successor Louis III
Spouse Anne of Savoy
Isabella del Balzo
Charlotte, Countess of Laval
Ferdinand, Duke of Calabria
House House of Trastámara
Father Ferdinand I of Naples
Mother Isabella, Princess of Taranto
Born (1452-04-19)19 April 1452
Died 9 November 1504(1504-11-09) (aged 52)
Religion Roman Catholic
Sestino of Frederick IV

Frederick (April 19, 1452 – November 9, 1504), sometimes called Frederick IV,[1] was the last King of Naples of the Neapolitan branch of the House of Trastámara, ruling from 1496 to 1501. He was the second son of Ferdinand I, younger brother of Alfonso II, and uncle of Ferdinand II, his predecessor.

Born in Naples to Ferdinand I and his first wife, Isabella of Taranto, the daughter of Tristan, Count of Copertino and Caterina Orsini, he succeeded his childless nephew Ferdinand II after the latter's early death in 1496, at the age of 27.

A combination of King Louis XII of France and Frederick's famous cousin King Ferdinand II of Aragon had continued the claim of Louis's predecessor, King Charles VIII of France, to Naples and Sicily. In 1501 they deposed Frederick; Naples initially went to Louis, but by 1504 a falling-out led to Naples' seizure by Ferdinand, after which it remained part of the Spanish possessions until the end of the War of the Spanish Succession.

Frederick died in Tours in 1504.

Marriages and children[edit]

Frederick married twice. His first wife was Anne of Savoy—daughter of Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy, and Yolande of Valois, daughter of Charles VII, King of France—whom he married on September 11, 1478, in Milan. His second wife was Isabella del Balzo. With Anne he had one daughter, Charlotte; he also had five children from his second marriage to Isabella.[2]



  1. ^ C. Warr and J. Elliott (2008), "Introduction: Reassessing Naples, 1266–1713", Art History, 31: 423–37. He was the fourth Frederick to call himself King of Sicily, ruling under the title Federicus Dei gratia rex Siciliae ("Frederick by the grace of God king of Sicily"); the second Frederick to rule peninsular southern Italy after the Emperor Frederick II and thus sometimes called "Frederick II of Naples"; and the first Frederick to actually rule over the so-called Kingdom of Naples.
  2. ^ George Nugent, "Jacquet's Tributes to the Neapolitan Aragonese," The journal of musicology VI/2 (spring 1988), pp. 198-226.
  3. ^ Walsby, Malcolm, (2007). The Counts of Laval, p. 185. Ashgate Publishing Company, Aldershot. ISBN 9780754658115.
Frederick of Naples
Born: 19 April 1452 Died: 9 November 1504
Preceded by
Ferdinand II
King of Naples
Succeeded by
Louis III