Marie of Valois, Duchess of Calabria

Marie of Valois (1309 – 23 October 1331), was the eldest daughter of Charles of Valois by his third wife Mahaut of Châtillon. She was a member of the House of Valois. One of her five children was Queen Joanna I of Naples.

Tomb of Maria of Valois in Santa Chiara (Naples).


Marie married Charles, Duke of Calabria, in 1323 when she was only fourteen years of age. Charles married her after the death of his first wife, Catherine of Habsburg, who had died without bearing Charles any children. Marie earned the gratitude of the genteel women in Florence when she persuaded her husband to allow them to wear what they could afford.[1]

Charles and Marie had five children:

  • Eloisa (b. January or February 1325 – d. December 27, 1325).
  • Maria (b. April 1326 – d. 1328).
  • Charles Martel (b. Florence, April 13, 1327 – d. Florence, April 21, 1327).
  • Joanna (b. Naples, March 1328 – d. castello di San Fele, May 22, 1382), Queen of Naples after succeeding her grandfather.
  • Maria (b. Naples, May 1329 – d. Naples, May 20, 1366), Countess of Alba.

Her eldest surviving daughter, Joanna, became Queen of Naples. Her youngest daughter, Maria, born six months after Charles' death, became the Countess of Alba.

Marie's husband died in 1328 and she never remarried. She died in 1331 at the age of 22, during a pilgrimage to Bari.[2] Her mother and two sisters outlived her.



  1. ^ Goldstone (2010), p. 17.
  2. ^ Émile-G. Léonard: Histoire de Jeanne Ire, reine de Naples, comtesse de Provence (1343-1382) : La jeunesse de la reine Jeanne, t. I, Paris et Monaco, Auguste Picard, coll. « Mémoires et documents historiques », 1932, 730 p., p. 142


  • Goldstone, Nancy (2010). Joanna, The Notorious Queen of Naples, Jerusalem and Sicily. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 9780297860860.