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Frederick of Naples

19 Apr 2021  Mon

Frederick sometimes called Frederick of Aragon was the last King of Naples of the Neapolitan branch of the House of Trastamara, ruling from 1496 to 1501. He was the second son of Ferdinand I, younger brother of Alfonso II, and uncle of Ferdinand II, his predecessor.

Born in Naples to Ferdinand I and his first wife, Isabella of Clermont, Princess of Taranto, he succeeded his childless nephew Ferdinand II after the latter's early death in 1496, at the age of 27.

On 11 September 1478 he married Anne of Savoy, daughter of the Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy, and Yolande of France. He lived with his young wife at the court of her maternal uncle, King Louis XI of France. After the death of his wife in 1480, he returned to Naples.

In 1485 Frederick received the title of Prince of Squillace, and was sent by his father on several diplomatic missions.

The above shown Sestino was issued under his reign. It depicts his crowned portrait facing right.

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