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Hazard, H. W. (ed.) / The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries
(1975)

VI: The Catalans in Greece, 1311-1380,   pp. 167-224 PDF (23.4 MB)


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THE CATALANS IN GREECE 
1311—1380 
 When night descended on the battlefield of the Cephissus on Monday, March
15, in the year 1311, the last day of Burgundian greatness in Greece had
drawn to a dark and tragic close. Never again would a Frankish duke of Athens
disport himself with confident pride and rich panoply in a tournament in
Greece, as had Guy II de la Roche in the famed Corinthian lists of a half
dozen years before. In the marshes of the Cephissus Walter of Brienne, last
Bur gundian duke of Athens, had perished with, it was claimed, seven hundred
knights, and the Catalan Grand Company now took over the duchy of Athens
and Thebes, together with the wives of the many Frenchmen they had slain.
 Extensive bibliographies of Catalan activity in the Levant in the fourteenth
century, together with much related material, may be found in Kenneth M.
Setton, Catalan Domina tion of Athens, 1311—1 388 (Cambridge, Mass.,
1948), pp. 261—301, and in The Cambridge Medieval History, IV-1 (1966),
908—938. There is another bibliographical survey in Salva tore Tramontana,
"Per la storia della ' Compagnia Catalana' in Oriente," Nuova rivista storica,
XLVI (1962), 58—95; see also R. Ignatius Bums, S.J., "The Catalan Company
and the European Powers, 1305—13 11," Speculum, XXIX (1954), 751—771.
At about the same time as the appearance of the Catalan Domination ofAthens,
which contains (pp. 286—291) a discussion of the works of the great
Catalan historian Antoni Rubió i Liuch (1855—1937), the Institut
d'Estudis Catalans in Barcelona published Rubio's Diplomatari de l'Orient
català, which issued from the press at the end of the year 1947, and
which forms a landmark in the historiography of the Catalans in Greece and
elsewhere in the Levant in the fourteenth century. During a scholarly career
of over half a century Rubió i Liuch published some forty books, articles,
and monographs on his countrymen in Greece, several of which are cited below.
 During the twenty-five years since Catalan Domination appeared, various
works have added substantially to our knowledge of the Catalan states in
Athens and Neopatras. Especially important have been the studies of Raymond
J. Loenertz, O.P., "Athenes et Néopatras: Regestes et notices pour
servir a l'histoire des duchés catalans (1311—1394)," Archivum
Fratrum Praedicatorum, XXV (1955), 100—212, 428—431; "Athènes
et Néopa tras: Regestes et documents pour servir a l'histoire ecclésiastique
des duchés catalans (1311—1 395)," ibid., XXVIII (1958), 5—91;
and "Hospitaliers et Navarrais en Grèce (1376— 1383): Regestes
et documents," Orientalia Christiana periodica, XXII (1956), 319—360.
Other pertinent articles by Loenertz include "Pour l'histoire du Péloponèse
au XIVe siècle (1382—1404)," Etudes byzantines, I (1943), 152—196;
"Genéalogie des Ghisi, dynastes 


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