Louis of Durazzo

Louis of Durazzo was Count of Gravina
Gravina may refer to:* Gravina in Puglia in Southern Italy* The Gravina, a river in southern Italy* the Duchy of Gravina and the ducal family of Orsini-Gravina* the Bishopric of Gravina and Montepeloso...

 and Morrone
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. He was the son of John of Gravina and Agnes of Périgord.

In 1337, he was named Vicar- and Captain-General of the Kingdom of Albania
Kingdom of Albania
The Kingdom of Albania, or Regnum Albaniae, was established by Charles of Anjou in the Albanian territory he conquered from the Despotate of Epirus in 1271. He took the title of "King of Albania" in February 1272. The kingdom extended from the region of Durrës south along the coast to Butrint...

. During the ascension of the Durazzeschi at the court of Naples
Kingdom of Naples
The Kingdom of Naples, comprising the southern part of the Italian peninsula, was the remainder of the old Kingdom of Sicily after secession of the island of Sicily as a result of the Sicilian Vespers rebellion of 1282. Known to contemporaries as the Kingdom of Sicily, it is dubbed Kingdom of...

 during the reign of Joan I
Joan I of Naples
Joan I , born Joanna of Anjou, was Queen of Naples from 1343 until her death. She was also Countess of Provence and Forcalquier, Queen consort of Majorca and titular Queen of Jerusalem and Sicily 1343–82, and Princess of Achaea 1373/5–81....

, he was one of the royal ambassadors to the Roman Curia
Roman Curia
The Roman Curia is the administrative apparatus of the Holy See and the central governing body of the entire Catholic Church, together with the Pope...

. Upon the invasion of Louis I of Hungary and the execution of his elder brother, Charles, Duke of Durazzo
Charles, Duke of Durazzo
Charles of Durazzo was a Neapolitan nobleman, the eldest son of John, Duke of Durazzo and Agnes de Périgord.He succeeded his father as Duke of Durazzo and Count of Gravina in 1336....

, in 1348, he was imprisoned, with his younger brother Robert of Durazzo
Robert of Durazzo
Robert of Durazzo was the third son of John, Duke of Durazzo and Agnes de Périgord.He was the lord of Cappacio, Muro, and Montalbano in the Kingdom of Naples. Captured in 1350 at the siege of Aversa, he was held prisoner by Louis I of Hungary until 1352...

, until 1352. The rest of his life was spent stirring up revolts against Joan in Apulia
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 with the aid of some Free Companions. These were ultimately quashed in 1360 by Louis of Taranto
Louis of Taranto
Louis I of Naples , of the House of Anjou, was the Prince of Taranto from 1346 and King of Naples from 1352. He was a son of Philip I of Taranto and Catherine II of Valois, Princess of Achaea. His paternal grandparents were Charles II of Naples and Maria of Hungary...

, and Louis of Durazzo was imprisoned in the Castel dell'Ovo
Castel dell'Ovo
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 in Naples and murdered by poison.


He married Margaret of Sanseverino in 1343, by whom he had three children:
  1. Louis (1344–d. young)
  2. Charles III of Naples
    Charles III of Naples
    Charles the Short or Charles of Durazzo was King of Naples and titular King of Jerusalem from 1382 to 1386 as Charles III, and King of Hungary from 1385 to 1386 as Charles II. In 1382 Charles created the order of Argonauts of Saint Nicholas...

  3. Agnes (1347–d. young)

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