Musachi, Andrea II


He died before 1373, probably in 1372. The title Despotus regni Albania was bestowed upon him by Louis, the brother of Charles, the Duke of Durazzo (Durrës) on 30th December 1336. His title was confirmed by the Sicilian King Robert of Anjou on 18th July 1337. Sevastocrator. He appears as marescallus (marshal) in the Papal letter from June 1317. His father was Theodor I Musachi. He was married to Etinia, the daughter of Paolo Matarango. Andrea II Musachi was the father of Theodor II Musachi (Theodoros Muzakes), Ghin I Musachi (Amirales Myrsioannes), Stoja Musachi (Stoias), Anna (Kiranna) and Comita. He was an offspring of the noble family Musachi. He controlled the plain in the western Lowlands of Albania called Myseqe. The Historia della casa Musachia records, that he defeated the Serbian King Stefan Uroš IV Dušan or Blukasinos (Vukašin) at the Pelister Mountain. The Byzantine Emperor gave him the title Despot of Epirus with a golden seal as a reward for his victory over the Serbian king (il titolo de Despoto d’Epiro con privilegio con lo sigillo d’oro, et anco l’invio una sedia despotale, nella quale era de perle racamata detta insegna dell’aquila). He captured the town Kastoria from the Serbian King Marko (Markos). He was buried in the Church of Saint Anthony located at Rodon Cape near Durrës.


Actors (2)
Name Class Begin End Relation Type Description
Albanians Group despot/Δεσπότης Indoeuropean speaking ethnic in the Western Balkans, which is often mentioned as shepherds, similiar to the Vlachs.
Byzantine Empire Group 11.05.0330 29.05.1453 despot/Δεσπότης
References (18)
Name Class Pages Description
Drakopulu 1996 Bibliography 91-92 Eugenia Drakopulu, Η σερβική παρουσία στην Καστοριά τις παραμονές της τουρκικής κατάκτησης, in: Byzantium and Serbia in the 14th Century (Athens 1996) 88-96.
Ducellier 1981 Bibliography 485 Alain Ducellier, La façade maritime de l’Albanie au Moyen Âge: Durazzo et Valona du XIe au XV siècle (Documents et recherches sur l’économie des pays byzantins, islamiques et slaves et leurs relations commerciales au Moyen Âge 13, Thessaloniki 1981).
Elsie 2003 Bibliography 41-43 Robert Elsie, Early Albania. A Reader of Historical Texts, 11th–17th Centuries (Balkanologische Veröffentlichungen 39, Wiesbaden 2003).
Ferjančić 1960 Bibliography 14. n. 28. 24. 78. 79 Božidar Ferjančić, Despoti u Vizantiji i južnoslovenskim zemljama (Vizantološki Institut 8, Posebna izdanja 336, Beograd 1960).
Ferjančić 1968 Bibliography 189-190 Božidar Ferjančić, Sevastokratori u Vizantiji, in: Zbornik radova Vizantološkog instituta 11 (1968) 141-192.
Filiposki 2010 Bibliography 8, n. 34. 10. 11 Toni Filiposki, Der Ohrider Župan Andrea Gropa, in: Südost-Forschungen 69/70 (2010) 1-24.
Hopf 1873 Bibliography 280-283, 532 Charles Hopf, Chroniques gréco-romanés inédites ou peu connues, publiées avec notes et tables généalogiques (Berlin 1873).
Jurlaro 1970 Bibliography Tab. (Notizie Genealogiche – Andrea II) Rosario Jurlaro, I Musachi despoti d’Epiro: „in Puglia a salvamento“ (Bari 1970).
Lala 2008 Bibliography 136–137, 139, 141–142 Etleva Lala, Regnum Albaniae, the Papal Curia, and the Western Visions of a Borderline Nobility. Dissertation, Central European University, Department of Medieval Studies (Budapest 2008).
Makušev 1871a Bibliography 43, 52 Vikentij V. Makušev, Istoričeskija razyskanija o Slavjanach v Albanii v srednie věka (Varšava 1871).
Nicol 1984 Bibliography 197 Donald M. Nicol, The Despotate of Epiros 1267-1479. A contribution to the history of Greece in the middle ages (Cambridge 1984).
Schmitt 2001 Bibliography 186 Oliver Jens Schmitt, Das venezianische Albanien (1392–1479) (Südosteuropäische Arbeiten 110, München 2001).
Solovjev 1935b Bibliography 153 Aleksandar Solovjev, Les emblèmes héraldiques de Byzance et les Slaves, in: Seminarium Kondakovianum 7 (1935) 119–164.
Soulis 1984 Bibliography 142-143 George C. Soulis, The Serbs and Byzantium during the reign of tsar Stephen Dušan (1331-1355) and his successors (Washington 1984).
Subotić 1987a Bibliography 161 Gojko Subotić, Manastir Bogorodice Mesonisiotise, in: Zbornik radova Vizantološkog Instituta 26 (1987) 125-171.
Trapp 2002 Bibliography Nr. 19425, 19884, 27007 Prosopographisches Lexikon der Palaiologenzeit 1-12, Add. 1-2. CD-ROM-Version und Gesamtregisterband, ed. Erich Trapp, unter Mitarbeit von H.-V.Beyer (Wien 2002).
de Thallóczy/Jireček/de Sufflay 1913/18 Edition I, Nr. 808 (241–243). 810 (244) Ludovicus deThallóczy/Constantinus Jireček/Emilianus de Sufflay, Acta et diplomata res Albaniae mediae aetatis illustrantia. Vol. I-II (Vindobonae 1913/1918).
Šufflay 1925 Bibliography 42, 124 Milan Šufflay, Srbi i Arbanasi (Beograd 1925).