Capetian House of Anjou

The Capetian House of Anjou or House of Anjou-Sicily, was a royal house and cadet branch of the direct French House of Capet, part of the Capetian dynasty. It is one of three separate royal houses referred to as Angevin, meaning "from Anjou" in France. Founded by Charles I of Anjou, the youngest son of Louis VIII of France, the Capetian king first ruled the Kingdom of Sicily during the 13th century. Later the War of the Sicilian Vespers forced him out of the island of Sicily, leaving him with the southern half of the Italian Peninsula — the Kingdom of Naples. The house and its various branches would go on to influence much of the history of Southern and Central Europe during the Middle Ages, until becoming defunct in 1435.

House of Anjou

Arms of the Capetian House of Anjou
Parent houseHouse of Capet
CountryKingdom of Sicily, Kingdom of Naples, Kingdom of Hungary, Kingdom of Poland, Kingdom of Croatia, Kingdom of Albania, Principality of Achaea
Founded1246 (1246)
FounderCharles I of Naples
Final rulerJoanna II of Naples
Dissolution1435 (1435)
Cadet branches
  • House of Anjou-Durazzo
  • House of Anjou-Hungary
  • House of Anjou-Taranto

Historically, the House ruled the counties of Anjou, Maine, Touraine, Provence and Forcalquier, the principalities of Achaea and Taranto, and the kingdoms of Sicily, Naples, Hungary, Croatia, Albania, and Poland.

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