Louis II of Naples

Louis II
Duke of Anjou; King of Naples
Born 5 October 1377
Died 29 April 1417 (aged 39)
Spouse Yolande of Aragon
Issue Louis III of Anjou
René of Anjou
Charles of Le Maine
Marie, Queen of France
House House of Valois-Anjou
Father Louis I of Anjou
Mother Marie of Blois

Louis II (5 October 1377 – 29 April 1417) was King of Naples from 1389 until 1399 and Duke of Anjou from 1384 until 1417. He was a member of the House of Valois-Anjou.


Born in Toulouse, Louis II was the son of Louis I of Anjou, King of Naples, and Marie of Blois. He came into his Angevin inheritance, which included Provence, in 1384, with his rival Charles of Durazzo, of the senior Angevin line, in possession of Naples.

Most towns in Provence revolted after the death of his father. His mother then raised an army and they traveled from town to town, to gain support. Louis was recognized as Count of Provence in 1387. He founded a university in Aix-en-Provence in 1409.

In 1386, Charles of Durazzo's son, the underage Ladislaus, was expelled from Naples soon after his father died. Louis II was crowned King of Naples by the Avignonese antipope Clement VII on 1 November 1389 and took possession of Naples the following year. He was ousted in turn by his rival in 1399.

In 1409, Louis liberated Rome from Ladislaus' occupation; in 1410, as an ally of the antipope John XXIII he attacked Ladislaus and defeated him at Roccasecca (1411). Eventually Louis lost his Neapolitan support and had to retire. His claim to Naples passed to his son, Louis III.

He married his first cousin once removed Yolande of Aragon (13841443) in Arles in 1400, giving him a possibility of inheriting the throne of Aragon through her right. Her father, King John I of Aragon had died in 1396, and her uncle king Martin I of Aragon died in 1410.

His son Louis was bethrothed to Catherine of Burgundy, a daughter of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy. However, after John instigated a mob attack on the Dauphin of France, he and his wife joined the Armagnac Faction. The engament with Catherine was repudiated, which caused the enmity of the Duke of Burgundy.

He was not present at the Battle of Agincourt, because he had a bladder infection. After the battle, he fled from Paris to join his wife and children at Angers.

Louis II died at his chateau of Angers, the heart of Anjou; he is buried there.


Louis and Yolande had five surviving children:


    See also

    Louis II of Naples
    Cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty
    Regnal titles
    Preceded by
    King of Naples
    1389 – 1399
    Succeeded by
    Preceded by
    Louis I
    Duke of Anjou
    Count of Maine,
    Piedmont and Provence

    1384 – 1417
    Succeeded by
    Louis III
    King of Naples
    1384 – 1417
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