Charlotte of Naples
(b. c. 1479/1480 – died 1506), also known as Charlotte of Aragon
and Princess of Taranto
, was the eldest daughter and eventual heiress
of Federigo IV, King of Naples
. Although her father was dispossessed of his kingdom, her descendants, the House of La Trémoïlle
maintained their dynastic
claim in exile.
Daughter of the Neapolitan king's first marriage to Anne of Savoy, a granddaughter of Charles VII of France, Charlotte was married to Guy XV, Count of Laval, head of one of Brittany's most powerful noble families.
Claim to kingdom of Naples
In the year following her marriage, her father lost his throne and freedom to France in war. Her brother, Ferdinand of Aragón, Duke of Calabria
, fled to Spain in 1504, whence he did not return. On his death without legitimate descendants in Valencia
in 1550, Anne was long dead and France had lost the crown of Naples to another branch of the Aragonese dynasty. Nonetheless her issue took up the fruitless pretence
to the crown, while pursuing their interests in Brittany and France. Anne is posthumously attributed the title, Princess of Taranto
, which had been borne by Neapolitan heirs apparent
in the eighteenth century annals of Père Anselme
Only one of her children, Anna (born in 1506) survived to adulthood and left offspring of her marriage, thus passing the Neapolitan royal claim and princely Taranto title to the La Trémoïlle family in France.