We see how Sicily loses its independence to the Spanish and then cross over to the mainland to see how king Ladislaus of Naples gets some big ideas on expanding his kingdom.
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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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”
It’s about time we stop ignoring poor old Genoa up in the top left-hand corner of the country and bring her up-to-date. We take a really quick race from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to Genoa in the 14th century: it’s battles against Saracens, Pisans and Venitians as it fights to assert itself as a powerful maritime republic.
We go back over around 50 years from the death of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II to beyond 1300 to retrace the steps of the kingdom of Sicily, the war of the Sicilian Vespers, the northern communes and maritime republics as well as looking over at Sardinia and keeping an eye as always on the papacy.