Charles, Duke of Durazzo

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Coat of arms of Charles of Durazzo.

Charles of Durazzo (Italian: Carlo di Durazzo 1323 – 23 January 1348) was a Neapolitan nobleman, the eldest son of John, Duke of Durazzo and Agnes of Périgord.[1]

Life[edit]

He succeeded his father as Duke of Durazzo and Count of Gravina in 1336.

On 21 April 1343, he married Maria of Calabria, Countess of Alba, in Naples.[1] She was the younger daughter of Charles, Duke of Calabria and sister of Joan I of Naples, and had been intended as a bride for Louis I of Hungary or John II of France, but was abducted by Charles and his mother to make a marriage that would place Charles closer to the throne of Naples.

Keeping carefully aloof from the conspiracy that murdered Joan's husband Andrew, Duke of Calabria, he led a faction opposing Joan and Louis of Taranto. He contacted the Hungarian court, seeking their support. He hoped to turn the invasion of Louis of Hungary and the flight of Joan to his own ends: but he was seized and beheaded by the Hungarians at Aversa.

Issue[edit]

Charles and Maria had:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Zacour 1960, p. 32.

Sources[edit]

  • Zacour, Norman P. (1960). "Talleyrand: The Cardinal of Périgord (1301-1364)". Transactions of the American Philosophical Society New Series. American Philosophical Society. Vol. 50, No. 7.


Charles, Duke of Durazzo
Cadet branch of the House of Capet
Preceded by
John
Duke of Durazzo
1336–1348
Succeeded by
Joanna
Count of Gravina
1336–1348
Succeeded by
Louis