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

V: The Morea, 1364-1460,   pp. 141-166 PDF (10.1 MB)

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Ch. V THE MOREA, 1364—1460 151 
with certification by the pope (Clement VII) and his cardinals that Louis
II was king of "Sicily." For their services to James and for protecting the
principality after his death, they asked 70,000 ducats. Besides keeping the
lands they already held outside the domain, they wanted a castle within it
for their captain, Mahiot of Coquerel. Finally, they asked that the pope,
the king of France, and Louis II of Naples should ratify any agreement adopted.
No treaty resulted from these negotiations. The money demands of the Navarrese
were obviously exorbitant. In any case it would have been difficult to provide
them with the proofs and ratification they demanded at a time when the power
of Charles III was preponderant in Italy and the church was hopelessly divided
in its allegiance to two popes. Ignoring the Navarrese Company, Marie of
Brittany and Heredia concluded a contract of sale on January 24, 1387, whereby
the Hospital bought her son's rights to Achaea for 20,000 gold forms. Clement
VII approved the transaction. 
 In the meantime Mahiot of Coquerel had died (1386) and Peter Bordo de Saint
Superan had assumed command of the Company. Saint Superan continued the negotiations
begun under his prede cessor to settle the differences between the Company
and the Vene tian republic. By the treaty concluded July 26, 1387, the Venetians
were promised compensation for damages suffered on the entry of the Navarrese
into Achaea and were assured the right of preemption to Port-de-Jonc whenever
the Company should decide to dispose of 
it. The Genoese had lately shown a lively interest in the strategic harbor;
its acquisition by Venice's arch-enemy would have neutral ized the value
of her way-stations at Modon and Coron. Saint Superan's concession to Venice
in this matter helped to assure him the support of the republic, which was
to be demonstrated on more than one critical occasion. The treaty of 1387
undoubtedly enhanced the prestige of the Navarrese leader. It is significant
that he was empowered to negotiate it by all the important men of the princi
pality—twenty-eight religious and secular lords—including the
Vene tian archbishop Paul Foscari of Patras, who conscientiously looked after
the interests of his mother country in the Morea. 
It was also in 1387 that the crusading Louis II of Clermont, duke of Bourbon,
showed an interest in the principality of Achaea. His aunt, Marie of Bourbon,
appointed him her universal heir in her testament drawn up in Naples early
in 1387. Although this document makes no mention of the principality—to
which Marie and her son Hugh of Galilee had given up all claim in 1370—the
duke's faithful servitor, John of Châteaumorand, twice visited the
Morea and 

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