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VII: The Catalans and Florentines in Greece, 1380-1462, pp. 225-277 PDF (23.4 MB)
Ch. VII THE CATALANS AND FLORENTINES IN GREECE, 1380—1462 237 In 1381—1382 a plague swept from Pera to the Morea,34 taking many lives. Galcerán of Peralta, onetime captain and castellan of Athens, had escaped it. He had regained his freedom, but ever since his displacement by Romeo de Bellarbre he knew that, although he was young, he had no future in Greece. On April 23, 1383, Peter IV wrote Bellarbre that "we have learned that at the time [Peralta] lost the aforesaid captaincy and castellany a large amount of his property remained in the castle of Athens, which despite his numerous re quests he has been unable to secure from you, to his no small prejudice and loss." The king ordered the prompt restoration of Peralta's possessions, and warned Bellarbre that he would incur the royal displeasure if Peralta was obliged again to have recourse to the crown to secure justice in this connection.35 Peralta presumably got back his property, because at this point Bellarbre had no intention of displeasing the king. He had apparently had enough of Greece, and was himself preparing to beat a retreat. In June (1383) Peter granted Bellarbre, in recognition of past services and in expectation of future loyalty, an emolument of 20,000 or 30,000 solidi Barcelonese. 36 And so we may assume that Bellarbre went back home with his beloved Zoe of Megara and their children, for after 1383 he is no longer a part of the history of Athens. As king Peter worried about his distant domain and would have liked to hasten the vicar-general's departure for Greece, since Athens and Neopatras were threatened with ever-increasing danger, he learned that Dalmau had become ill.37 The delay continued for months. On April 20, 1384, however, king Peter IV wrote his son, the infante Don John, that the necessity of sending aid to the duchies was not diminishing. Indeed, they might be lost. Whoever was threatening the Greek duchies at this time, it was apparently not Nerio Acciajuoli, the king's enemich capital. At least it was not he if we can take at face value a royal letter of May 30 (1384) in which the king thanked Nerio for keeping the peace he had made with Dalmau and for having "defended our city of Athens." The king did emphasize, to be sure, that the vicar-general was going to Greece with "so strong a force of men-at-arms" that the duchies would have full subjects in the duchy of Athens against the "daily" incursions of Greeks and Turks (Dipl., doc. DLXXV, p. 613). 34. Cf. Loenertz, "La Chronique breve moréote de 1423," in Melanges Eugène Tisserant, II-1 (1964), 418. 35. Dipl., doc. DXLIV, p. 593. 36. Dipl., docs. DXLV and DXLVII, pp. 594, 595, dated June 1 and 20 respectively and giving 30,000 and 20,000 solidi as Bellarbre's emolument. 37. Dipl., docs. DLII, DLIII, p. 598, dated September 16 and October 23, 1383.
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