Charles II, Lord of Monaco

Lord of Monaco
Lord of Monaco
Reign 7 October 1581 – 17 May 1589
Predecessor Honoré I
Successor Hercule
Born 26 January 1555
Died 29 November 1604 (aged 33)
Burial Saint Nicholas Cathedral
Full name
Charles Grimaldi
House Grimaldi
Father Honoré I, Lord of Monaco
Mother Isabella Grimaldi
Religion Roman Catholicism

Charles II (26 January 1555 – 17 May 1589) was Lord of Monaco from 7 October 1581 to 17 May 1589.

Charles was the eldest son of Honoré I (1522–1581) and Isabella Grimaldi (died 1583). He became Lord of Monaco on the death of his father in 1581.

Protected by Spain, due to the Treaties of 1524, Charles was the first Lord of Monaco who refused to pay homage to the Dukes of Savoy for Mentone and Roccabruna. In 1583 he was declared, after a trial, to have forfeited those two cities.

Charles ruled for only 8 years before dying at the age of 33. He left no issue and so his youngest brother Hercule became Lord of Monaco.


Preceded by
Honoré I
Lord of Monaco
Succeeded by
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