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VI: The Catalans in Greece, 1311-1380, pp. 167-224 PDF (10.1 MB)
Ch. VI THE CATALANS IN GREECE, 1311—1 380 221 "lieutenancy" for some time, as Peter was aware when a chancery clerk prepared the letter of the preceding day. As a legal gesture, however, Peter asked Peralta to give up the cas tell e ciutat to the newly appointed Dalmau, and stated further that "we have received a letter which you have sent us dealing with the affairs and the state of the duchies of Athens and Neopatras, asking us for aid and succor and that we should send you our vicar or lieutenant. . ., to which [letter] we reply with the full expression of our thanks for the affection and good will which you have for us and for our crown as a loyal vassal and our natural servitor."189 On September 30 the king wrote Peralta again; this time he referred to a letter he had received from Louis Fadrique. Indeed, he was by now very well informed of events in the duchies, for he had talked at length with Bernard Ballester and Francis Ferrer, who had come to Barcelona as messengers and envoys of the Catalan barons and municipalities in Greece. He was sending Ballester back to Greece as his royal ambassador, and his subjects overseas were to take care that Ballester should return to Barcelona promptly with some other suitable person "with full and sufficient authority to swear fealty and render homage and to have us for your natural lord." When this feudal formality was over and done with, Peter said that he would without fail send to Greece a "vicar with such force that you will be satisfied, and in the meantime you have the said noble Don Louis [Fadrique] of Aragon as vicar of the said duchies. . . ." He closed with a statement of the extreme displeasure which Peral ta's capture and continued imprisonment had caused him.190 It is small wonder that Galcerán of Peralta and Louis Fadrique had written the king of Aragon-Catalonia, urging him to give force to his ducal claims and send help to his new dominions. Even Louis's father-in-law, Matthew Cantacuzenus, wrote him from the Morea (presumably at Louis's behest), offering him some sort of assistance against the Navarrese invasion.191 Letters also reached Barcelona 189. Dipl., doc. CCCLXXIII, p. 454. Louis Fadrique had also written the king and received a similar reply (ibid.). 190. Dipl., doc. CCCLXXXIII, pp. 463—464; Rubió i Lluch, LosNavarros, doc. XVII, pp. 229—230. A similar letter of the same date (September 30, 1379) was addressed to Peralta's erstwhile opponent, Louis Fadrique (Dipl., doc. CCCLXXXII, pp. 462—463), and a letter of a year later, September 10, 1380, records that "Johannes de Ortubia. . . tenet captum nobilem virum Galcerandum de Peralta qui. . . velut fidelis servitor noster eandem civitatem [Thebas] defendit.. ." (Dipl., doc. CD, p. 489). The last text is addressed to the grand master Heredia, states that Urtubia was demanding large sums for Peralta's release, and directly accuses the Hospital of being implicated in the seizure of Thebes. 191. Dipl., doc. CCCLXXIX, p. 460, in which Peter IV answered Matthew on September 13, 1379.
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