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  • ID: I28289
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BET 1329 AND 1330
  • Death: 23 APR 1422
  • Note:
    Quoted from Wikipedia, article titled "Francis of Baux":

    Francis of Baux (French: François des Baux, Italian: Francesco del Balzo; c.1330 - 23 April 1422) was the first Duke of Andria, Count of Montescaglioso and Squillace, and Lord of Berre, Mison, and Tiano. He was the son of Bertrand III of Baux, Count of Andria and Montescaglioso and his second wife, Marguerite d'Aulnay. Francis's father was a Senator of Rome, Captain General of Tuscany, and Justiciar of Naples. The half-royal Baux family was one of the greatest families of the kingdom after the Duke's marriage to Marguerite of Taranto in 1348.

    In 1349, Francis was given an extensive grant by Louis, Prince of Taranto. Prince Louis had married Joanna I of Naples in 1346 as her second husband, and had become King of Naples; he was crowned in 1352/53. The King was brother to Francis's second wife, Margaret, whom he had married in 1348. Francis was created Duke of Andria and was the first magnate to be raised to ducal dignity in the kingdom. Andria had been a royal fief which the Duke's father received from Beatrice of Anjou, by virtue of her dower.

    On the death of Philip II, Prince of Taranto in 1373, Marguerite and Francis claimed Taranto and Philip's Greek lands (chiefly the Principality of Achaea and its dependent territories) and titles for themselves and their son, James of Baux, as the last male descendant of Philip I, Prince of Taranto. Margaret's claim was supported by Pope Gregory XI. Queen Joanna, however, decided to exercise direct rule over the Prince of Taranto's Greek possessions. In April 1374, Queen Joanna decided to suppress the family and stripped Francis of all his lands and titles. This action led to a civil war between the Queen and the Baux family. An account is recorded in the Aragonese version of the Chronicle of the Morea.

    Father: BERTRAND DES BAUX IV b: ABT 1280

    Marriage 1 Luisa de San Severino
    • Married: 1337 2

    Marriage 2 SUEVA ORSINI
    • Married: 08 DEC 1381 3
    1. Has Children MARGUERITE DES BAUX b: 1394
    2. Has No Children Guglielmo des Baux
    3. Has No Children Bianchino des Baux

    Marriage 3 Marguerite of Tarento
    • Married: 1348
    1. Has No Children Jacques des Baux
    2. Has No Children Antonia des Baux

    1. Author: Douglas Richardson
      Title: "Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families"
      Publication: Name: Genealogical Publishing Company; Location: Baltimore, MD; Date: 2002;
        Name: Prokasy Library

      Source Medium: Book
      Page: p. 447
    2. Author: Douglas Richardson
      Title: "Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families"
      Publication: Location: Salt Lake City, Utah; Date: 2013;
        Name: Prokasy Library

      Page: Vol 3, p. 568
    3. Author: Charles Cawley
      Title: Foundation for Medieval Genealogy;
      This is continuously being updated, and it is possible that this citation will not take you to what is now the correct location.
      Page: SOUTHERN ITALY (2), Chapter 5A
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