- William II of Athens
William (1312 –
22 August 1338) was the third son of Frederick III of Sicilyand Eleanor of Anjou. He inherited the Duchy of Athensand Neopatriaafter the death of his elder brother Manfred on 9 November 1317.
During his minority, his Greek possessions were governed by his illegitimate elder brother
Alfonso Frederick. In 1330, Alfonso returned from Greece and William ceded the counties of Malta and Gozoto him. Nicola Lanzareplaced him in Greece.
In 1335, he married María Álvarez de Jérica, a descendant of
Roger of Lauria, without papal dispensation, as both John XXIIand Benedict XIIwanted to check the power of Frederick his father. [Fiske, p 837 n507.]
In 1337, his father willed him the
Principality of Taranto, the county of Calatafimi, the honour of Monte Sant'Angelo, and various castles and lands in Noto, Spaccaforno, Capo Passero, and Avolawhen his mother, Eleanor, daughter of Charles II of Naples, died. She died in 1341, but William died first on 22 August 1338. He left his library to the Dominicans of Palermo["Testamentum ducis Willelmi".] and was buried in the cathedral there.
*Fiske, H. "Acta Aragonensia". Berlin-Leipzig, 1908.
*Ghisalberti, Alberto M. "Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani: III Ammirato – Arcoleo". Rome, 1961.
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