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)
232 A HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES 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), 107—108. 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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