117 – Eleonora of Arborea and the fall of Sardinia (1326 – 1410)

Repost: We first do a bit of catching up with Sardinia in the 14th century, which was marked by the continued attempt by the Aragonese to take over all of the island with only the Judicate of Arborea, initially an ally of the Spanish, surviving the conquest to become a symbol and rallying point for Sardinjian independence.

The most famous symbol of said independence was Eleonora of Arborea, who ruled from 1383 to 1403 and went down in history not only for her proud resistance to the Spanish, but also for her contribution to the Carta de Logu, the “Bill of rights” of the Sardinian people that was used for four centuries after her death.

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104 – The last Sardinian Judicate (1323-1326)

After a quick recap of what was going on around Italy in 1323, we get to the Aragonese invasion of Sardinia that put a definitive end to the presence of the Republic of Pisa on the island leaving the Judicate of Arborea as the last of the old four Judicates surrounded by the new “Kingdom of Sardinia”

084 – The war of the Sicilian Vespers

After the Sicilian rebellion of the Vespers, Charles of Anjou lays siege to the city of Messina to start putting down the rebellion. The Sicilians turn to Pater of Aragon to help them and, thank to his excellent admiral Ruggiero di LAuria, he does just that. Before the war escalates, Charles tries to solve thinks in a gentlemanly way with a duel that end up in rather dd way, not many years before almost all the protagonists of this part of our story kick the bucket tin the same year.