Charles II of Navarre

Charles II of Navarre

Birth
Evreux, Departement de l'Eure, Haute-Normandie, France
Death 1 Jan 1387 (aged 54)
Pamplona, Provincia de Navarra, Navarra, Spain
Burial Pamplona, Provincia de Navarra, Navarra, Spain
Memorial ID 8048814 · View Source
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King of Navarre. Born Carlos, the son of Philippe III, House of Evreux, King of Navarre and Jeanne II, Queen of Navarre. He succeeded to the title of King Carlos II de Navarre in 1349 and acquired the nick-name of Carlos 'the Bad.' After the capture of the French King by the English during the Battle of Poitiers in September 1356, power in France was grabbed for by both him and the French Dauphin as Carlos angled for power and position in France. He married Jeanne de France in 1353 at Vivier-en-Brie and with her had at least six children, including the future Carlos III. In 1358 during a French peasant revolt he suppressed the uprising, leading French nobles against the insurgents. He invited the peasant leader to truce talks and when the man arrived in the camp, had him seized, tortured and beheaded. The leaderless peasants were then crushed at the Battle of Mello. His blatant grab for power in Paris following, however, cost him the support of French aristocracy. He then meddled in Spanish intrigues before returning to playing the French and English both ends against the middle upon resumption of hostilities between them in 1369, including being involved in at least two attempts to have Charles V poisoned, and a proposal that his daughter marry to the new English King. In 1378 Navarre was invaded and sacked by Castillian forces, he lost his French holdings and although he retained his kingdom it effectively became a tributary state. In 1387 he was said to have fallen ill. Physicians were alleged to have ordered him to be wrapped up in a linen cloth soaked with brandy, which was accidentally set aflame leaving the king to burn to death in his own bed.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 8048814
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles II of Navarre (9 Oct 1332–1 Jan 1387), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8048814, citing Cathedral of Pamplona, Pamplona, Provincia de Navarra, Navarra, Spain ; Maintained by Find A Grave .