The following is Durazzo family heraldry from 13th century ...
Stemma di Re Carlo III di Durazzo [Carlo II d'Angiò] 1285-1308] --- Historia civitatis Troiane, Colonne, Guide delle, 1287 [Bibliotheque d'Espagne]
... "Carlo II d'Angiò" is identical to Charles II of Anjou, king of Naples
Interestingly an elephant ... the Trionfo festivity of Alfonso in May 1423 used a Chariot disguised as elephant and a sorcerer between its legs together with accompanying fighters, likely as a representation of the Moors. Another party (likely presenting the Christians) attacked the troops with the elephant. The show excalted and became a real fight and after that a real war developed from the show.
heraldry king Ladislaus Durazzo
http://www.theapricity.com/forum/showth ... l-Heraldry
This is a Forum find ...it's claimed to belong to the Albanian city of Durres (the modern heraldry is different), in Italian Durazzo. The picture is close to the king Ladislaus (Durazzo) heraldry and the later heraldry of the Durazzo family.
Charles II of Anjou wasn't only king of Naples, but also "King of Albania
, Prince of Salerno, Prince of Achaea, Count of Provence and Forcalquier and Count of Anjou".
Charles II owned these territories from his father Charles I ...
Charles I (21 March 1227 – 7 January 1285), known also as Charles of Anjou, was the King of Sicily by conquest from 1266, though he had received it as a papal grant in 1262 and was expelled from the island in the aftermath of the Sicilian Vespers of 1282. Thereafter, he claimed the island, though his power was restricted to the peninsular possessions of the kingdom, with his capital at Naples (and for this he is usually titled Naples after 1282, as are his King of successors).
Charles was the seventh child and youngest son of Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, and hence younger brother of Louis IX of France and Alfonso II of Toulouse. He conquered the Kingdom of Sicily from the Hohenstaufen and acquired lands in the eastern Mediterranean. However, the War of the Sicilian Vespers forced him to abandon his plans to reassemble the Latin Empire.
By marriage to Beatrice of Provence, heiress of Raymond Berengar IV of Provence, he was Count of Provence and Forcalquier from 1246. In 1247, his brother Louis IX made him Count of Anjou and Maine, as appanages of the French crown. By conquest and self-proclamation, he became King of Albania in 1272 and by purchase King of Jerusalem in 1277. By the testament of William II of Villehardouin, he inherited the Principality of Achaea in 1278.
Charles II of Naples interestingly became Aragon prisoner at the opportunity of the Sicilian vesper (1282) and he was in the follow-up for some time at the court of Peter III of Aragon".
During the Sicilian Vespers, he was captured by Roger of Lauria in the naval battle at Naples in 1284. When his father died in 1285, he was still a prisoner of Peter III of Aragon.
In 1288, King Edward I of England mediated to make peace, and Charles was freed on condition that he retain Naples alone. Sicily was left to the Aragonese. Charles was also to induce his cousin Charles of Valois to renounce, for twenty thousand pounds of silver, the kingdom of Aragon, which had been given to him by Pope Martin IV to punish Peter for having invaded Sicily, but which the Valois had never effectively occupied.
For the development of games in Europe this was an interesting time in Spain. Alfonso X the wise of Castile had finished Chess book with game variants and Peter III installed rules for gambling.
It was longer discussed in the course of viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1097&start=20#p16939
Somehow there is an elephant in the heraldry of the Durazzo and the elephant was a chess figure.
Not long ago we discussed with intensity this picture:
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=691&p=18096&hilit= ... llo#p18096
Renee of Anjou, who got the elephant as a part of a present by Iacopo Antonio Marcello, was also once king of Naples.
The ancestor tree of the Durazzo ...
Giovanni was the youngest of 9 sons of Charles II:
B9. Giovanni, Duke of Durazzo, Pr of Achaia, etc, *1294, +Naples 5.4.1336, bur there; 1m: III.1318 (div 1321) Mathilde d'Avesnes (*29.11.1293 +1336), dau.of Florenz of Hainaut, Pr of Achaia; 2m: 14.11.1321 Agnes (+1345, bur Naples) dau.of Elvas VII de Périgord
C1. Carlo, Duke of Durazzo, etc, *1323, +executed at Aversa 23.1.1348, bur Naples; m.30.4.1343 Pss Maria of Naples (*ca 6.12.1328 +20.5.1366)
D1. Louis, *XII.1343, +14.1.1344, bur Naples
D2. Giovanna, Duchess of Durazzo, *1344, +Apulia 1387, bur Naples; 1m: Italy 1366 Inft Louis of Navarre, Cte de Beaumont (*1341 +1372, bur Naples); 2m: ca 1376 Robert IV d'Artois, Cte d'Eu (*1356 +poisoned 20.7.1387)
D3. Agnes, *1345, +Naples 7.7/8.1383, bur there; 1m: 6.6.1363 Cansignorio della Scala, Signore di Verona (*5.3.1340 +19.10.1375); 2m: 1382 Jacob de Baux, Pr of Tarento and Achaia (*1353 +7.7.1383)
D4. Clementia, *1346, +Naples 1363, bur there
D5. Margarita, *28.7.1347, +Mela 6.8.1412, bur Salerno; m.II.1368 King Charles III of Naples (*1345 +1386)
C2. Lodovico, Cte di Gravina e di Morrone, *1324, +of poisoning in Naples 22.7.1362; m.1343 Margherita, dau.of Roberto Sanseverino, Cte di Corigliano
D1. Louis, *1344, +young
D2. King Charles III of Naples and Jerusalem (1381-86) and Hungary (1385-86) as Károly II "the Small" -cr 31.12.1385, *1345, +murdered at Visegrád 24.2.1386, bur there/Belgrade; adopted and named heir by Queen Joanna I in 1369; m.II.1369 Margherita of Durazzo (*1347 +1412)
E1. King Ladislas "le Magnanime" of Naples and Jerusalem (1386-1414), Hungary and Dalmatia, etc, *Naples 14.7.1376/11.2.1377, +of poisoning at Naples 6.8.1414, bur there; 1m: 1390 (div 1392) Costanza, dau.of Manfredo de Clermont, Cte di Motica; 2m: 12.2.1403 Marie de Lusignan (*1381 +4.9.1404, bur Naples); 3m: 1406 Marie, Cts di Lecce (*1370 +9.5.1446), dau.of Jean d'Enghien, Cte di Castro
F1. [illegitimate] Rinaldo di Durazzo, titular Pr di Capua, bur Foggia
G1. Francesco di Durazzo
H1. Rinaldo di Durazzo, *1469, +1.9.1494, bur Foggia; m.Camilla Tomacelli
G2. Caterina di Durazzo
G3. Camilla di Durazzo
G4. Ipolita di Durazzo
F2. [illegitimate] Maria di Durazzo, +young
E2. Maria, *1369, +1371, bur Naples
E3. Queen Joanna II of Naples (1414-35) and Jerusalem (1414-19), *25.6.1373, +Naples 2.2.1435, bur there; 1m: Vienna 13.10/11.1401 Duke Wilhelm of Styria and Carinthia (*1370 +15.7.1406); 2m: shortly before 18.9.1415 Jacques II de Bourbon, Cte de la Marche (*1370 +1438). Joanna II helped cause the subsequent battles over southern Italy by 1st adopting in 1420 King Alfonso V of Aragon, and then in 1423 Louis, Duc d'Anjou
D3. Agnes, *1347, +young
C3. Robert, Pr of Morea, *1326, +k.a.Poitiers 19.9.1356
C4. Stephen, *1328, +in Portugal
For the moment I don't see the relation between the older Durazzo family and the Genuese descendants.