The Tocco of the Greek Realm: Nobility, Power and Migration in Latin Greece (14th – 15th centuries)

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Central European University Press, Jan 1, 2015 - History - 248 pages
This book is about the Tocco family, the most prominent kindreds in Latin Greece during the 14th and 15th centuries. Originally from the Italian South, their five generations ruled the Greek regions of the Heptanese, Epiros and Peloponnese. By exploring the elaborate structures of their power, this monograph reveals an intricate nexus of dynamic personal and political relations, as well as larger socio-historical processes that transformed this family from junior nobility of the Angevin Naples into independent elite ruling a region on the crossroads between the Byzantine East and the Latin West. In doing so, this saga of the Tocco nobility, power and migration gives a critical overview of the early-modern and modern scholarship dealing with this family, cross-examining, at the same time, a most extensive pool of primary sources: Latin and Greek narratives, family documents and genealogies until now largely unpublished or little known to the scholarship, legal sources and diplomatic correspondence, commercial books and archeological reports.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
From Naples to the Heptanese until c 1375
9
The Realm
11
On the beginnings
19
The lords of the Heptanese
31
From the Heptanese to Epiros c 1375c 1429
47
Tutrix Balia Anneynia
49
Comes et Dux
61
Dove se trova la Patria?
137
In Conclusion
147
Selected Bibliography
153
Notes on chronology genealogy and prosopography
171
Rulers of the 14th and 15th centuries
191
Index
193
Summaries
201
Maps
209

Despotus Romaniae and Despotus Romanorum
91
From Epiros to Naples c 1429c 1500
109
Back to the Heptanese
111
Towards Naples
123
Genealogical Table of the Family
211
Illustrations with the List of Illustr
213
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