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VI: The Catalans in Greece, 1311-1380, pp. 167-224 PDF (10.1 MB)
Ch. VI THE CATALANS IN GREECE, 1311—1 380 223 Fadrique, was still serving as vicar-general, although Peter IV was again writing almost everyone in sight that he had appointed Dalmau to the vicariate. William of Almenara, castellan and captain of Livadia, had been treacherously slain within the citadel, and on May 8, 1381, Peter IV granted his widow Francula custody of their three children and title to his estate as long as she remained unmarried (otherwise her mother Escarlata was to take over both the children and the property) although her rights were protected as heiress to her father's apparently extensive estate. 197 On the same day Peter granted his faithful subjects who had fled from the city perpetual enjoyment of all their rights, privileges, franchises, and properties under the "Usatges de Barcelona" because of the loyalty taey had shown his royal house, "and expressly so when recently [nuperl our enemies, the Navarrese, invaded the . . . duchies, and attacked and occupied in outrageous fashion the lands and the castle of Li vadia." 198 The loyalty of the Greek notary Constantine "de Mauro Nichola" and his father Nicholas de Mauro now won them and their posterity the full franchise in the duchies (tan quam Catholici et Franchi), notwithstanding the fact they were Greeks and followed the Greek schismatic rite. 199 At the same time James Ferrer de la Sala, a native of Barcelona, who had proved his devotion to the royal house for more than twenty years in the Greek duchies, and had lost all his property and almost his very life in the Navarrese seizure of Livadia, now received by royal decree all the serfs, houses, lands, and vineyards of the "traitorous Greek" notary Gasco of Durazzo, who had joined the Navarrese in the grim hour of Catalan need.200 It was all well enough for the king in distant Aragon to make these rhetorical grants to his faithful servitors in Greece, but nothing came of them. A dozen years later, in 1393, we are informed that the Gascon Bertranet Mota (or de Salahia), who is referred to as capita del ducham de Athenes, was in possession of the city of Livadia, which he had but recently taken. 201 Bertranet possessed the head of St. George, which in 1393 king John I of Aragon, like his father 197. Dipl., doc. CDLXXVII, p. 538. Francula's father was the well-known Catalan baron Peter de Puigpardines. 198. Dipl., doc. CDLXXVIII, p. 539, dated May 8, 1381. 199. Dipl., doc. CDLXXIX, pp. 540—541, dated May 8,1381. 200. Dipl., doc. CDLXXX, pp. 54 1—542, also dated May 8, 1381. For Rotari in this text, read notari (Loenertz, Orientalia Christiana periodica, XXII, no. 32, p. 339). 201. Dipl., doc. DCXXXVIII, p. 667, dated April 13, 1393. In a document dated July 28, 1400, Bertranet is referred to as "aquest Gascó qui era senyor dela Levadia . . ." (Dipl., doc. DCLVI, p. 683). See Rubió i Lluch, Dipl., pp. 666—667, note.
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