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Margaret of Durazzo

Coronation  25 November 1382
Siblings  Agnes of Durazzo
Name  Margaret Durazzo
House  House of Anjou-Durazzo
Burial  Salerno Cathedral

Margaret of Durazzo
Tenure  12 May 1382 – 24 February 1386
Tenure  1385 – 24 February 1386
Born  28 July 1347 (1347-07-28)
Issue More  Joanna II of Naples Ladislaus of Naples
Died  August 6, 1412, Baronissi, Italy
Spouse  Charles III of Naples (m. 1369)
Children  Ladislaus of Naples, Joanna II of Naples
Parents  Charles, Duke of Durazzo, Maria of Calabria
Similar People  Ladislaus of Naples, Joanna II of Naples, William - Duke of Austria, Charles I of Naples

Margaret of Durazzo (Italian: Margherita di 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. She was regent of Naples from 1386 until 1393 during the minority of her son.

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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 the 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.


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 from 1386 until 1393. 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.

Later life

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.


  • Mary of Durazzo (1369–1371).
  • Joanna II of Naples (23 June 1373 – 2 February 1435)
  • Ladislaus of Naples (11 February 1377 – 6 August 1414)
  • References

    Margaret of Durazzo Wikipedia

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