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)
Ch. VII THE CATALANS AND FLORENTINES IN GREECE, 13 80—1462 235 brought also a good report of Dalmau's lieutenant in Athens, Ray mond de Vilanova, to whom the king wrote in friendly fashion on December 11 (1382), "we are confident that you will serve us well and loyally."25 As time passed, Peter needed Vilanova's loyal ser vice, because for one reason or another Dalmau did not get back to Greece, although on June 20, 1383, his majesty assured the officials of Athens and Neopatras as well as Vilanova and countess Helena that the vicar-general would in fact, Deo volente, soon be setting out to resume command in the duchies.26 Although there is no dearth of documents for the years 1382— 1383, we are still unable to determine who held Thebes and Livadia. On December 31, 1382, the king wrote pope Urban VI that after the union of the Athenian duchy with the crown of Aragon, the intrigues of certain rebels had resulted in a monstrous defection of loyalty from the crown. He implied that this had been the reason for levying the papal interdict upon the duchy (which was certainly not the case), but now that "all the inhabitants of the duchy have of their own accord recognized the error of their ways and returned to the Aragonese obedience," the long-standing interdict was unnecessary. The king asked his holiness to remove the ban and restore his "faithful subjects" to the loving embrace of the church. The bearer of the royal letter was to be bishop John Boyl of Megara, who had returned to Catalonia and was now setting out for Rome.27 His persistent majesty made a further attempt to have the learned Simon Atumano removed from the archiepiscopal see of Thebes, and again recommended John Boyl's nomination thereto,28 but the request was no more successful this time than it had been two years be fore.29 Probably John Boyl made a better impression on the Aragon ese court, where he could speak Catalan, than on the curia, for he may never have learned the Italian vernacular. In any event, Simon 25. Dipl., doc. DXXXIV, pp. 585—586. 26. Dipl., docs. DXLVI, DXLVIII—DL, pp. 595—597. The king asked Vilanova to guard well lo castell e ciutat de Cetines. 27. Dipl., doc. DXXXVII, p. 587: ". . . omnes dicti ducatus tanquam nostri fideles eorum recognoscentes errorem spontanei ad nostram obedienciam et dominium redierunt The statement is simple enough, but the meaning is unclear. Loenertz, Arch. FF. Praed., XXVIII, no. 216, p. 75, says "le document semble impliquer que Thebes et Livadia sont rentrees sous la domination catalane, fait important ...," and the fact would indeed be important if it were true, but a royal letter of April 10, 1383 (Dipl., doc. DXLIII, p. 592), certainly shows that by that date the "city and district of Thebes" had not returned to Catalan rule. In reference to this document Loenertz, loc. cit., speaks of "l'interdit qui pèse sur les duchés grecs," but the text specifies the duchy of Athens, and the interdict did not fall upon that of Neopatras. 28. Dipl., doc. DXXX VIII, p. 588, dated December 31, 1382. 29. Cf. Dipl., docs. CCCXCVI, CDVI, CDXIII.
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