Joan II of Naples

Joan II Of Naples

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Joan II (25 June 1373Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Sicily/Naples – 2 February 1435) was Queen of Naples from 1414 to her death, upon which the senior Angevin line of Naples became extinct. As a mere formality, she used the title of Queen of Jerusalem, Sicily, and Hungary.

Joan was born at Zadar, Dalmatia on 25 June 1373, as the daughter of Charles III of Naples and Margherita of Durazzo. In 1414, she succeeded her brother Ladislaus to the throne of Naples; at that date she was 41 years old and was already the widow of her cousin Hedwig's rejected fiancé, William, Duke of Austria. Her reign was marked by her quarrel with Pope Martin V and the power in the court of her numerous favourites and lovers, the first being Pandolfello Alopo. Although Joan married twice, she did not have any children.

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Joan married her first husband, William, Duke of Austria in Vienna in the autumn of 1401 when she was 28 years of age. He had been rejected as a husband by her cousin, Hedwig of Poland. Joan did not have any children by William, who died in 1406 after five years of marriage. It was sometime after his death, that she acquired a lover by the name of Pandolfello Alopo, whom she appointed Grand Chamberlain. Alopo was the first in what would become a series of lovers and male favourites. He later caused the downfall of the influential condottiero Muzio Sforza, who held the important office of......
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