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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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the Greek duchies and adjacent lands, and defined in some detail his manifold
administrative and judicial responsibilities. 13 The chancery was kept busy,
and a harassed clerk dated thirteen documents April 31 (!), including the
various notifications of Dalmau's appointment sent to the Venetian bailie
of Negroponte, Nerio Acciajuoli, the refugee citizens of Thebes and Livadia,
the Albanian chieftain count Dimitri, Louis Fadrique, archbishop Paul Foscari
of Patras, the countess palatine Maddalena of Cephalonia, the acting despot
Mat thew Asen Cantacuzenus of Mistra, the officials of the Hospital in the
Morea, and certain other interested dignitaries. 14 
There were delays in getting Dalmau's two galleys ready, but he was dilatory
himself; on August 6, 1381, Peter IV ordered him to depart immediately or
incur the royal displeasure. He sailed from Barcelona before August 13.15
On his voyage to Greece, he put in at the island of Cephalonia, where he
ordered the seizure, from a ship, of various goods and merchandise belonging
to Florentine merchants, whom he forced to redeem their property by a payment
of 1,000 gold ducats. He gave them a note in his own hand, duly sealed, promising
to restore the money "in case we should regard the Florentines as our friends
and well-wishers." On May 12 the king wrote Dalmau from Valencia that the
Florentines were clamoring for restitution. He stated that he did indeed
regard and wished to retain the Florentines as friends and well-wishers despite
the late pope Gregory Xl's decree against them as excommunicates and outlaws,
condemning "all Florentines to servitude and their goods to sei zure."16
Dalmau was to return the 1,000 ducats, immediately upon receipt of the royal
letter, either to those from whom he had taken the money or to their authorized
agents.17 Since Nerio Acciajuoli, the enemich capital of Aragon in the Athenian
duchy, was a Floren 
 13. Dipl., doc. CDLV, pp. 522—524. 
 14. Dipl., docs. CDLVII—CDLXIX, pp. 525—533, including letters
addressed to Nerio and his father-in-law Saraceno de' Saraceni of Negroponte.
The king hopes, in writing to Saraceno, that he will assist Dalmau "ut cum
Raynerio genero vestro se habeat amicabiliter et conservet pacem. . ." (p.
533), which also shows that Nerio had married Agnes de' Saraceni at least
a decade before 1390, the date which Hopf assumed for the marriage (Chroniques
greco-romanes [Berlin, 1873] , p. 476). 
 15. Dipl., docs. CDXCIX, DIV, DV, pp. 553—554, 557—558. 
 16. On the excommunication of the Florentines and their declaration as outlaws
in the "War of the Eight Saints" see Ludwig von Pastor, Geschichte der Päpste,
I (repr. 1955), 
 17. Dipl., doc. DXIII, pp. 563—564. Dalmau was well received in Athens,
according to a royal confirmation dated December 5, 1382, of the rights and
privileges of the universitas civitatis Athenarum (Dipl., doc. DXXXII, pp.
583—5 84). 

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