Comte du Maine
Other names: Charles IV
Titular King of Naples, 1480-81†
Titular King of Sicily, 1480-81†
Titular King of Jerusalem, 1480-81†
Comte d'Anjou, 1480 dep.
Duca di Calabria
Charles III, Comte de Provence, 1480-81†
Comte de Guise
Comte de Forcalquier
Vicomte de Châtellerault
Seigneur de Mezieres
Seigneur de Fertж-Bernard
Charles was brought up at the court of his uncle René, king of
Sicily, and he inherited his estates and his fortune in 1480, but he did
not enjoy them for long. King Louis XI, who coveted Anjou, wasted no time
in issuing his suzerain claims in default of direct male heir, and claimed
Anjou for the crown. Charles, dreading such an adversary, yielded without
opposition. With Provence, however, Louis XI appeared at first
to his interests, and the lords of this country regularly returned tribute
to their count; but Charles had to deal with the grandson of his uncle
and predecessor, René de Lorraine, son of Yolande, who manifested
his hostile intentions by sending an army in Provence. Thanks to the intervention
of Louis XI, the Lorraine troops were beaten and dispersed; but this intervention
had to be paid for and, by bribing Palamède-Forbin, prime minister
of the Count of Provence, Louis XI was named Charles' heir by his will
dated 19 December 1481. Charles died the next day
and Louis XI inherited his French domains and his claims.
René de Lorraine tried to protest over Provence, but did so in
vain. Louis XI had coveted this beautiful estate and had acquired it through
a series of intrigues.
Place of death: Marseille
Place of burial: Saint-Sauveur, Aix
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