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

VII: The Catalans and Florentines in Greece, 1380-1462,   pp. 225-277 PDF (23.4 MB)

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Rodonella had taken the oath of fealty and done homage, formally making the
Catalans in the duchies his vassals and liegemen. He exhorted them to defend
the duchies, and promised that within a brief time he would send Dalmau with
forces large enough to guarantee their security and chastise their enemies.4
 The loss of Thebes rankled in the king's mind. He seems to have thought
that Urtubia and the Navarrese were still somehow under the control of the
Hospital, and he cautioned the grand master and his commanders against any
further attacks upon his Greek dominions. Indeed, he told them that they
had better set about undoing the damage they had done, and that they could
start by securing the release of Galcerán of Peralta, who had been
captured in a vain attempt to defend Thebes.5 Peter had doubtless derived
his knowl edge of conditions in Greece from John Boyl and Rodonella, who
had told him what they knew (or wanted him to know) about the loss of Thebes.
They also told him who had kept faith with the Catalan cause and who had
failed it. John Boyl obviously made a very favorable impression upon the
king, who wrote on his behalf to Dalmau, the new vicar-general: ". . . We
wish that our honored father in Christ Fra John Boyl, bishop of Megara, should
receive the archbishopric of Thebes, and in fact we have written to the holy
father [Urban VI] that he should remove the present incumbent [Simon Atumano]
and give the archbishopric to the said bishop. In the meantime we also want
the said bishop to have the movable and immovable goods which belonged to
Don Oliverio Domingo, by whose work the city of Thebes was lost, and it was
through no fault of his that the city and castle of Athens did not rebel
. . . ." John Boyl should continue to receive, Peter said, the annual income
of twenty-four gold ducats accruing from the chapel of St. Bartholo mew in
the palace of the castle of Athens, la capella de sant Berthomeu del palau
del castell de Cetines, as well as the additional allotment which he had
been receiving for himself and his two servitors.6 In exchanging Megara for
Thebes, John Boyl would merely be giving up one titular see for another,
and until the Catalans 
giving, or bequeathing property or rents to the church, although donations
in money might be made (ibid., doc. CD XXXIII, p. 508). 
 4. Dipl., doc. CDXII, pp. 495—496. 
 5. Dipl., docs. CCCXCVIII, CD, pp. 488, 489, dated September 10, 1380. 
 6. Dipl., doc. CCCXCVI, pp. 486—487 (also dated September 10, 1380),
and on the confiscation of Oliverio Domingo's property and that of others,
whose "hens son confiscats a la cort per lo crim . . . comes en la perdició
de la ciutat d'Estives," see also, ibid., doc. CD XXIV, pp. 50 2—503.
The ducal palace on the Acropolis was built into the Propylaea, and the lines
of the chapel may still be seen east of the so-called Pinakotheke. 

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