Philip I d' Anjou Prince of Taranto


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Philip I d' Anjou Prince of Taranto

  • Born: 1278
  • Marriage (1): Catherine de Valois-Courtenay
  • Marriage (2): Thamar Angela
  • Died: 1332 at age 54

  General Notes:

Philip I of Taranto: of the Angevin house, titular Emperor of Constantinople, despot of Epirus, King of Albania, Prince of Achaea and Taranto, Lord of Durazzo.

Son of Charles II of Anjou, King of Naples, and Maria Arpad of Hungary, daughter of Stephen V of Hungary.

Life of Philip of Taranto

1278 Philip is born on November 10, 1278 in Naples.

1294 In September, 1294 in L'Aquila, Philip marries Thamar Angela Komnene Dukaina, daughter of Nicephoros I Dukas Komnenos, despot of Epirus, and Anna Kantakuzene; with this marriage, Philip becomes leader of the Aetholian league and Prince of Corfu. He also buys the title and much of the possessions of the Despotate of Epirus.

1299 Philip is defeated and taken prisoner in the battle of La Falconara by Frederick III of Sicily.

1301 His father Charles II resigns to him the Kingdom of Albania and a claim to the Principality of Achaea, but Achaea is held by Isabelle Villehardouin and her husband, Philip of Savoy.

1307 Isabelle and Philip of Savoy are deposed, and Philip becomes ruling Prince of Achaea.

1309 Philip divorces his wife Thamar.

1312 Philip drops his claims on the despotate of Epirus.

1313 Philip marries Catherine, daughter of Charles of Valois, and becomes titular Emperor of Constantinople jure uxoris (in right of his wife). He loses the Principality of Achaea to his rival, Marguerite of Hainault, and her husband, Louis of Burgundy.

1315 Philip leads a Neapolitan army to the aid of Florence, but both are defeated by Pisa at the Battle of Monte Catino.

1332 Philip dies on December 23, 1332.

Wives and sons

Sons of his first marriage (1296), with Thamar Angela, ended with a divorce (1309):

* Charles (1296-1315, killed at the Battle of Monte Catino), Prince of Achaea, Vicar of Romania
* Philip (1297-1330), Despot of Romania
* Jeanne (1297-1317), married to Oshin I, King of Armenia and then Oshin of Korikos
* Marguerite (1298-1340), married to Walter VI of Brienne, titular Duke of Athens
* Robert (1299-1364), Prince of Taranto, titular Emperor of Constantinople
* Bianca (1309-1337), married to Ramon Berenguer of Aragon

Sons of his second marriage (1313), with Catherine of Valois:

* Louis (1320-1362), Prince of Taranto and King of Naples
* Marguerite (about 1325-1380), married Francis of Baux, Duke of Andria
* Mary (1327-died young)
* Philip II (1329-1374), King of Albania, Prince of Taranto and Achaea, titular Emperor of Constantinople

Philip married Catherine de Valois-Courtenay, daughter of Charles III Count of Valois and Catherine I de Courtenay. (Catherine de Valois-Courtenay was born in 1303 and died in 1346.)

Philip next married Thamar Angela. (Thamar Angela was born about 1280.)

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