Margaret of Durazzo (28 July 1347 – 6 August 1412) was the Queen consort of Naples, Hungary and Achaea[1][2] as the spouse of Charles III of Naples, and regent of Naples during the minority of her son.

She was the fourth daughter of Charles, Duke of Durazzo (1323 - 1348) and Maria of Calabria. Her paternal grandparents were John, Duke of Durazzo and his second wife Agnes de Périgord. Her maternal grandparents were Charles, Duke of Calabria and Marie of Valois.

In February, 1369, Margaret married her paternal first cousin Charles of Durazzo. He was a son of Louis of Durazzo, another son of John, Duke of Durazzo and his second wife Agnes de Périgord. The bride was twenty-two years old and the groom twenty-four. They had three children:

  • Maria of Durazzo (1369 - 1371).
  • Joan II of Naples (23 June 1373 - 2 February 1435).
  • Ladislas of Naples (11 February 1377 - 6 August 1414).

Charles managed to depose her maternal aunt Queen Joan I of Naples in 1382. He succeeded her and Margaret became his queen consort. Charles succeeded James of Baux as Prince of Achaea in 1383 with Margaret still as his consort.

By then becoming the senior Angevin male, Charles was offered the Crown of Hungary. Margaret did not support the idea of deposing Queen Mary of Hungary and discouraged her husband from doing so. Nontheless, he successfully deposed Mary in December 1385 and himself crowned. She was daughter of his deceased cousin Louis I of Hungary and Elizabeth of Bosnia. However, Mary's formidable mother Elizabeth arranged his assassination at Visegrád on 24 February 1386.[3]

Margaret became a queen dowager and the regent of Naples as the guardian of her minor son. She survived him by twenty-six years but never remarried. Their son Ladislas succeeded to the throne of the Kingdom of Naples while Mary of Hungary was restored to her throne. Margaret insisted that her husband's death be revenged and Elizabeth was murdered. The heads of her defenders were sent to console Margaret.[4][5]

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  3. Medieval European coinage: with a catalogue of the coins in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Volume 14. Cambridge University Press. 1998. ISBN 0521582318. 
  4. Parsons, John Carmi (1997). Medieval Queenship. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0312172982. 
  5. Myrl Jackson-Laufer, Guida (1990). Women rulers throughout the ages: an illustrated guide, Part 107. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 1576070913. 
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