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Hazard, H. W. (ed.) / Volume III: The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries
(1975)

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


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Ch. VII THE CATALANS AND FLORENTINES IN GREECE, 13 80—1462 233 
tine, Rocaberti's action was perhaps not so high-handed as it might at first
appear. 
 Although the Aragonese archives have yielded some letters ad dressed to
Dalmau during his tenure of the vicariate in Greece, little is known of his
performance as either a soldier or an administrator. He seems to have provided
the king's subjects in Athens with good government. However, he accomplished
little in Greece, whence he departed in the spring of 1382. At least he had
made a truce with Nerio Acciajuoli, to whom on September 12 Peter IV sent
an expression of his pleasure in the peace which he professed to believe
had been established. He stated that he would send Dalmau back to Greece
without fail the following spring, and in the mean time he asked Nerio's
consideration for Raymond de Vilanova, whom the vicar-general had left behind
as his lieutenant in Athens. 18 We still do not know how and when Nerio Acciajuoli
acquired Thebes, and presumably Livadia, from the Navarrese, but the mer
cenary bands which had served under Mahiot of Coquerel and John de Urtubia
seem finally to have merged into a single "Company," which is referred to
in the Hospitaller financial accounts of August 1381 as the Societas sistens
in principatu [Achayel. 19 John de Urtubia had apparently disappeared from
the scene. His former lieutenants Peter Bordo de Saint Superan and Berard
de Varvassa had joined with the redoubtable Mahiot as leaders of the unified
com pany. Toward the end of the year 1381 they recognized James of Les Baux
as prince of Achaea and Latin emperor of Constantinople, and he in turn named
Mahiot as his bailie and Peter Bordo and Berard as imperial captains in the
principality. 20 
 The Navarrese Company had quickly become one of the chief powers in the
divided Morea, and during his residence in Athens Dalmau had sought an accord
with the three leaders. Whereas he had made a truce (treva) with Nerio, Dalmau
had reached some sort of alliance (liga) with the Navarrese. On September
12 Peter IV wrote Mahiot, Berard, and Peter Bordo, hailing the pact the vicar-general
had made with them, assuring them of Dalmau's return to Greece the 
 18. Dipl., doc. DXX, p. 575, and cf. doc. DXXXIII, p. 585: "Ramón
de Vilanova, lochtinent del dit vescomte en los dits ducats      
 19. Loenertz, "Hospitaliers et Navarrais en Grèce," Orientabia Christiana
periodica, XXII (1956), no. 14, pp. 332—333, and Royal Malta Library,
Archives of the Order of St. John, Cod. 321, fol. 204r, ed. Loenertz, ibid.,
p. 351. 
 20. Loenertz, ibid., nos. 38, 42—43, pp. 340, 341—343, who notes
that this treaty provides the first evidence of James of Les Baux's relations
with the Navarrese Company, although Venetian recognition of their "imperial"
titles shows that James must have so designated them at least some weeks
before the date of the treaty. 


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