Open main menu

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.

Louis II
15th-century unknown painters - Louis II of Anjou - WGA23561.jpg
Portrait of Louis II by unknown artist, c. 1456–1465
King of Naples
Coronation1 November 1389
Duke of Anjou
Reign20 September 1384 – 29 April 1417
PredecessorLouis I
SuccessorLouis III
Born5 October 1377[citation needed]
Toulouse[citation needed]
Died29 April 1417 (aged 39)
Château d'Angers, Anjou
SpouseYolande of Aragon (m. 1400)
IssueLouis III, Duke of Anjou
René, King of Naples
Charles, Count of Maine
Marie, Queen of France
Yolande, Duchess of Brabant
HouseHouse of Valois-Anjou
FatherLouis I of Anjou
MotherMarie of Blois


Early lifeEdit

Louis was the elder of the two sons of Duke Louis I of Anjou and Marie of Blois.[1] Louis I had received the Duchy of Anjou as a hereditary appanage from his father, King John II of France, in 1360,[2] but he was also a "collector of royal titles".[3] The childless Queen Joanna I of Naples adopted him as her son and heir in 1380, establishing his claim to the kingdoms of Naples (or "Sicily") and Jerusalem and to the counties of Provence and Forcalquier.[2][3] Antipope Clement VII who needed the Queen's support against Pope Urban VI confirmed the adoption, but her rival, Charles of Durazzo, came to Italy to assert his claim to her realms.[4] Pope Urban VI crowned Charles king in June 1381.[3] Charles invaded the Kingdom of Naples, captured Joanna I and strangled her in the summer of 1382.[2][3]

Louis was still a child when his father started negotiations about his marriage, because he needed support to assert his claim to Joanna I's inheritance.[5] In late 1381, he was contemplating a marriage alliance with the Kingdom of Aragon.[5] He wanted to engage his two sons, Louis and Charles, to the two daughters of the Crown Prince of Aragon, John, Duke of Girona, Joanna and Yolande, but the project was not completed.[5] After Bernabò Visconti offered to support Louis II's military campaign against Charles of Durazzo on 13 March 1382, Louis was promised to Bernabò's daughter, Lucia.[6] The seven-year-old Louis sent a ring to Lucia to strengthen their engagement on 6 May 1384, but negotiations about the marriage stopped after Bernabò was captured and killed on 6 May 1385.[7]

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.[8] He was ousted in turn by his rival in 1399.[8]

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).[9] Eventually Louis lost his Neapolitan support and had to retire. His claim to Naples passed to his son, Louis III.[9]

He married his first cousin once removed Yolande of Aragon (1384–1443) in Arles in 1400,[8] 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 initially betrothed to Catherine of Burgundy, a daughter of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy.[10] However, after the Duke of Burgundy instigated a mob attack on the Dauphin of France, Louis and his wife joined the Armagnac Faction.[10] The betrothal to Catherine was repudiated, which caused the enmity of the Duke of Burgundy.[10]

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 county town of Anjou; he is buried there.


Louis and Yolande had five surviving children:


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kekewich 2008, p. xiv.
  2. ^ a b c Kekewich 2008, p. 12.
  3. ^ a b c d Abulafia 2014, p. 168.
  4. ^ Abulafia 2014, pp. 167–168.
  5. ^ a b c Rohr 2016, p. 14.
  6. ^ Rohr 2016, pp. 14–15.
  7. ^ Rohr 2016, p. 15.
  8. ^ a b c Kekewich 2008, p. 51.
  9. ^ a b Kekewich 2008, p. 52.
  10. ^ a b c Laidlaw 2000, p. 40.


  • Abulafia, David (2014). The Western Mediterranean Kingdoms 1200–1500: The Struggle for Dominion. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-13814594-8.
  • Kekewich, Margaret L. (2008). The Good King: René of Anjou and Fifteenth Century Europe. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1-4039-8820-X.
  • Laidlaw, James (2000). "Alain Chartier and the Arts of Crisis Management, 1417–1429". In Allmand, Christopher (ed.). War, Government and Power in Late Medieval France. Liverpool University Press. pp. 37–53. ISBN 0-85323-705-0.
  • Rohr, Zita Eva (2016). Yolanda of Aragon (1381–1442), Family and Power: The Reverse of the Tapestry. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-49912-7.
Louis II of Anjou
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