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VI: The Catalans in Greece, 1311-1380,   pp. 167-224 PDF (10.1 MB)

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Ch. VI THE CATALANS IN GREECE, 1311—1 380 223 
Fadrique, was still serving as vicar-general, although Peter IV was again
writing almost everyone in sight that he had appointed Dalmau to the vicariate.
William of Almenara, castellan and captain of Livadia, had been treacherously
slain within the citadel, and on May 8, 1381, Peter IV granted his widow
Francula custody of their three children and title to his estate as long
as she remained unmarried (otherwise her mother Escarlata was to take over
both the children and the property) although her rights were protected as
heiress to her father's apparently extensive estate. 197 On the same day
Peter granted his faithful subjects who had fled from the city perpetual
enjoyment of all their rights, privileges, franchises, and properties under
the "Usatges de Barcelona" because of the loyalty taey had shown his royal
house, "and expressly so when recently [nuperl our enemies, the Navarrese,
invaded the . . . duchies, and attacked and occupied in outrageous fashion
the lands and the castle of Li vadia." 198 The loyalty of the Greek notary
Constantine "de Mauro Nichola" and his father Nicholas de Mauro now won them
and their posterity the full franchise in the duchies (tan quam Catholici
et Franchi), notwithstanding the fact they were Greeks and followed the Greek
schismatic rite. 199 At the same time James Ferrer de la Sala, a native of
Barcelona, who had proved his devotion to the royal house for more than twenty
years in the Greek duchies, and had lost all his property and almost his
very life in the Navarrese seizure of Livadia, now received by royal decree
all the serfs, houses, lands, and vineyards of the "traitorous Greek" notary
Gasco of Durazzo, who had joined the Navarrese in the grim hour of Catalan
It was all well enough for the king in distant Aragon to make these rhetorical
grants to his faithful servitors in Greece, but nothing came of them. A dozen
years later, in 1393, we are informed that the Gascon Bertranet Mota (or
de Salahia), who is referred to as capita del ducham de Athenes, was in possession
of the city of Livadia, which he had but recently taken. 201 Bertranet possessed
the head of St. George, which in 1393 king John I of Aragon, like his father
 197. Dipl., doc. CDLXXVII, p. 538. Francula's father was the well-known
Catalan baron Peter de Puigpardines. 
 198. Dipl., doc. CDLXXVIII, p. 539, dated May 8, 1381. 
 199. Dipl., doc. CDLXXIX, pp. 540—541, dated May 8,1381. 
 200. Dipl., doc. CDLXXX, pp. 54 1—542, also dated May 8, 1381. For
Rotari in this text, read notari (Loenertz, Orientalia Christiana periodica,
XXII, no. 32, p. 339). 
 201. Dipl., doc. DCXXXVIII, p. 667, dated April 13, 1393. In a document
dated July 28, 
1400, Bertranet is referred to as "aquest Gascó qui era senyor dela
Levadia . . ." (Dipl., doc. DCLVI, p. 683). See Rubió i Lluch, Dipl.,
pp. 666—667, note. 

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