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1309: Charles II of Naples: Father of a Saint, an Emperor, and Two Kings

1309: Charles II of Naples: Father of a Saint, an Emperor, and Two Kings
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  • Historical event:
  • 05 May 1309
  • King Charles II of Naples was member of the famous Anjou dynasty, which was founded by his father (the Count of Anjou). Charles II died in 1309, aged 55.

On this day in 1309, King Charles II of Naples died.

It is interesting to note that this medieval ruler had remarkably respectable offspring. In fact, he was the father of a saint, an emperor, and  two kings of different countries.

King Charles II of Naples was member of the famous Anjou dynasty, which was founded by his father (the Count of Anjou).

The son of Charles II became a saint (Saint Louis of Toulouse). He was a bishop, and already at a young age was known as the man who was helping the hungry and poor.

St. Louis of Toulouse died at the age of 23. It is interesting to note that the Californian city of San Luis Obispo (i.e.  St. Louis, bishop) was named after him.

The second son of Charles II, Philip of Taranto, became the  Emperor of Constantinople (the Byzantine Empire). His two sons became kings.

Charles Martel became the King of Hungary and Croatia, and Robert became the King of Naples.

It is interesting to note that Charles II also had very respectable aunts and uncles.

His uncle was the French King St. Louis IX, after whom the American city of St. Louis (Missouri) was named. San Luis Rey is the name of that saint in the Spanish language.

St. Isabella of France was the aunt of Charles II. The Anjou dynasty had a great impact on medieval Europe.

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