Louis VIII "Cœur de Lion" CAPET, King of France
Infanta doña Blanca DE CASTILLA
Ramón IV BÉRENGAR, Comte de Provence
(Abt 1198-1245)
Beatrix DE SAVOIE, Countess of Savoy
(Abt 1205-1266)
Cte Charles I Étienne D' ANJOU et du Maine, King of Sicily
Béatrice BÉRENGAR, Comtesse de Provence
Charles II "le Boiteux" D' ANJOU, King of Naples
(Abt 1253-1309)


Family Links

Maria ÁRPÁD, Queen of Hungary

  • Charles Martel DI NAPOLI of Sicily
  • Marguerite D' ANJOU, Comtesse d' Anjou et du Maine+
  • Louis D' ANJOU, Bishop of Toulouse
  • Robert "le Bon" D' ANJOU, King of Sicily
  • Philip D' ANJOU, Principe di Taranto at Aix-en-Provence
  • Blanche D' ANJOU
  • Raymond Berenger D' ANJOU, Comte de Piémont
  • Eleonore DI NAPOLI
  • Marie D' ANJOU
  • Pierre D' ANJOU, Conte di Gravina
  • Jean D' ANJOU, Conte di Gravina
  • Béatrice D' ANJOU

Charles II "le Boiteux" D' ANJOU, King of Naples

  • Born: Between 1252 and 1254
  • Married: Between May 1270 and Jun 1270
  • Died: 6 May 1309, Poggio Reale Villa, Naples, Italy
  • Buried: Dominican Church, Naples, Italy

  Research Notes:

The Historia Sicula of Bartolomeo di Neocastro names "secundus dominus Karolus, dominus Philippus" as the sons of "dominus Karolus" and his first wife. His appointment by his father in 1271 suggests the unlikelihood of his birth later than [1254]. The testament of "Beatrix…Regina Sicilie, Ducatus Apuliæ et Principatus Capuæ, Andegavensis, Provinciæ et Forcalquerii Comitissa" is dated "die Mercurii in crastino Beatorum Peteri et Pauli Apostolorum" in 1266, with bequests to "…Carolus filius noster primogenitus…" whom she designated as heir to Provence.

He was created Principe di Salerno and Conte di Lesina by his father. He governed the kingdom (with the title Captain and Vicar-General) during his father’s absences in Rome 25 Feb 1271, from end Mar 1272 until beginning Jun 1272, from 3 Mar 1276 to Mar 1277, and finally after his father retired to Bordeaux 12 Jan 1283. Angevin forces were defeated by Aragon, under the leadership of Admiral Doria, in the bay of Naples 5 Jun 1284, during which he was captured. He was imprisoned in Sicily, later in Barcelona, by the king of Aragon.

He succeeded his father as CHARLES II "le Boiteux" King of Naples, titular King of Jerusalem, Comte d’Anjou, while he was still in captivity. The Pope exercised authority in the kingdom during Charles II’s continuing imprisonment, through Governors Cardinal Gerald of Parma (appointed 16 Feb 1285 by Pope Martin IV) and Robert Comte d’Artois (appointed as an additional governor by Pope Honorius IV). He was released 8 Nov 1288, in return for leaving three of his sons as hostages in Barcelona. Pope Nicholas IV ordered him to assume the title King of Sicily, crowning him as such 29 May 1289 at Rieti cathedral. He returned to Naples 3 Jul 1289 to start his reign. He signed several treaties of peace with Aragon aimed at retaking the throne of Sicily, culminating in the Treaty of Caltabellotta 31 Aug 1302 under which he granted Sicily as dowry to his daughter Eléonore to be ruled for his life by her future husband Federigo de Aragón.

The Flores historiarum of Bernard Guidonis records the death 5 May 1309 of "Karolus II rex Siciliæ comesque Provinciæ, filius quondam primi Karoli regis Siciliæ". The Annales Ludovici di Raimo record the death 5 May 1309 of "Re Carlo II". 1

  Marriage Information:

Charles married Maria ÁRPÁD, Queen of Hungary, daughter of István V ÁRPÁD, King of Hungary, and Princess Erzsébet of the Kumans, between May 1270 and Jun 1270. (Maria ÁRPÁD was born about 1258 in Buda, Pest, Hungary and died on 25 Mar 1323.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Charles d'Anjou Sicily.

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