Margaret of Durazzo
|Margaret of Durazzo|
|Tenure||12 May 1382 – 24 February 1386|
|Coronation||25 November 1382|
|Tenure||1385 – 24 February 1386|
|Spouse||Charles III of Naples|
|Joanna II of Naples
Ladislaus of Naples
|House||House of Anjou-Durazzo|
|Father||Charles, Duke of Durazzo|
|Mother||Maria of Calabria|
|Born||28 July 1347|
|Died||6 August 1412
Acquamela, Kingdom of Naples
Margaret of Durazzo (28 July 1347 – 6 August 1412) was Queen of Naples and Hungary and Princess of Achaea as the spouse of Charles III of Naples, and later regent of Naples during the minority of her son.
She was the fourth daughter of Charles, Duke of Durazzo (1323–1348) and Maria of Calabria, but the only one to have children; her legitimate line of descent, as well as a century-old Capetian House of Anjou, ended with her daughter.
In February, 1369, Margaret married her paternal first cousin Charles of Durazzo. He was a son of Louis of Durazzo, another son of John, Duke of Durazzo and his second wife Agnes de Périgord. The bride was twenty-two years old and the groom twenty-four. They had three children:
- Mary of Durazzo (1369–1371).
- Joanna II of Naples (23 June 1373 – 2 February 1435).
- Ladislaus of Naples (11 February 1377 – 6 August 1414).
Charles managed to depose her maternal aunt Queen Joanna I of Naples in 1382. He succeeded her and Margaret became his queen consort. Charles succeeded James of Baux as Prince of Achaea in 1383 with Margaret still as his consort.
By then becoming the senior Angevin male, Charles was offered the Crown of Hungary. Margaret did not support the idea of deposing Queen Mary of Hungary and discouraged her husband from doing so. Nonetheless, he successfully deposed Mary in December 1385 and himself crowned. She was daughter of his deceased cousin Louis I of Hungary and Elizabeth of Bosnia. However, Mary's formidable mother Elizabeth arranged his assassination at Visegrád on 24 February 1386.
Margaret became a queen dowager and the regent of Naples as the guardian of her minor son. She survived her husband by twenty-six years but never remarried. Their son Ladislaus succeeded to the throne of the Kingdom of Naples while Mary of Hungary was restored to her throne. Margaret insisted that her husband's death be revenged and Elizabeth was murdered. The heads of her defenders were sent to console Margaret.
In the last years of her life, the queen dowager retired first to Salerno and then to Acquamela, where she died of plague in 1412. She had become a devout Catholic and a member of a Franciscan Third Order in her last years and requested to be buried as such; she was buried in white habit in Salerno Cathedral.
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|Ancestors of Margaret of Durazzo|
- Medieval European coinage: with a catalogue of the coins in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Volume 14. Cambridge University Press. 1998. ISBN 0-521-58231-8.
- Parsons, John Carmi (1997). Medieval Queenship. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0-312-17298-2.
- Myrl Jackson-Laufer, Guida (1990). Women rulers throughout the ages: an illustrated guide, Part 107. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 1-57607-091-3.
Margaret of Durazzo
House of Anjou-DurazzoBorn: 1347 Died: 1412
Sancha of Majorca
|Queen consort of Naples
1382 – 24 February 1386
Mary of Lusignan
Elisabeth of Bosnia
|Queen consort of Hungary
1385 – 24 February 1386
Barbara of Cilli