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

IV: The Morea, 1311-1364,   pp. 104-140 PDF (13.6 MB)

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disappeared except for Venetian protection; since Robert provided no protection,
it was the republic's matter to care for the duchess's future and security.
The republic was of course determined that Florence should marry only a Venetian
subject and thus continue the regime of indirect Venetian control of the
Archipelago. To forestall any attempt by the Acciajuoli to kidnap Florence,
the Venetian authorities of Euboea abducted her first and conveyed her to
Crete. In 1364 she was married in Venice itself to her cousin Nicholas Sanudo,
called Spezzabanda. 
 Archbishop John Acciajuoli died in 1363. 47 On November 8, 1365, the life
of his famous kinsman Nicholas would end. Although he would be succeeded
as grand seneschal by his eldest son Angelo, his true successor as the most
influential Acciajuoli in Greece was to be his young cousin Nerio. Already
in 13 63—1364 Nerio had entered the ranks of the Achaean feudality
by purchasing for 6,000 ducats the baronies of Vostitsa and Nivelet from
Marie of Bourbon, who had at first pawned them to Nicholas. We shall have
frequent occa sion in the following chapter to allude to the later activities
of the Acciajuoli in Greece, especially the extraordinary fortune which Nerio
found there. 
 47. On this date see Leonard, "La Nomination de Giovanni Acciaiuoli," p.
513, note 1, and p. 531, note 3. Louis of Taranto had died in 1362, and Joanna
had taken as her third husband James of Majorca (d. 1375). 

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