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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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ing the same rights and privileges for him "as for all the other Conquistadors
of the said duchies of Athens and Neopatras." The Articles as extant contain
the Catalan text of king Peter's renewal of the full franchise which Frederick
III had granted Rendi years before (on July 29, 1362) when Rendi, his sons,
daughters, and descendants received the right to retain their Orthodox faith
and at the same time to contract marriage with Latin Catholics, notwithstanding
statutes which the Company had enunciated to the contrary. With the fran
chise went the usual right to buy, sell, alienate, and exchange at will both
movable and immovable goods "just like the Frankish inhabi tants of the aforesaid
city [of Athens] ." 2 The king now directed his officials everywhere
in the duchies to "consider the true fealty and the sincere loyalty of the
notary Demetrius Rendi, citizen of our city of Athens, who has persevered
in service, good faith, and loyalty toward our royal majesty, and with all
his power and strength has maintained and defended the said territory of
the duchies . . . against our mortal enemies, and yet, as our majesty has
been informed, 
 the said notary Demetrius Rendi has sustained affliction and anxiety in
the castle of Megara when it was taken by our enemies." Demetrius's young
brother-in-law and adopted son John Rendi shared with him all the benefits
of enfranchisement, and Peter confirmed Demetrius's title to the property
which the deceased Constantine Calochini had possessed in Athens, and which
had re verted to the fisc upon his death. Frederick III had conferred this
property on Demetrius between 1375 and 1377 after Rendi's valiant but vain
defense of Megara against Nerio Acciajuoli. Finally, the king bestowed upon
Demetrius and his heirs, "for all time and in perpetu ity," the office of
chancellor of Athens, with an annual income of forty gold diners payable
from the city's tolls and customs duties. Just outside Athens, off a road
that runs to Piraeus, the little village of Rendi still stands, preserving
the name and memory of the energetic notary Demetrius. As one turns the corner
into the village, a superb view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon makes
it clear that what was once the Rendi family estate, conceivably Constantine
Calochini's own property, is close to the center of historic Athens. 
The Articles of Athens are in a rather haphazard order, and show signs of
haste in compilation. After the king had made some further grants of property
he was finally asked "to turn his eyes toward the noble Don Galcerán
of Peralta," whom the Navarrese in Thebes were 
 2. The grant of July 29, 1362, of the franchise to Demetrius Rendi, or rather
the confirmation of his Catalan citizenship, may be found in Lampros, Eggrapha
(1906), part IV, doc. 94, pp. 342—343, and in Dipl., doc. CCLXIX, pp.
353—354, misdated 1366. 

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