Pietro Cornaro


Pietro Cornaro, also known as Peter Cornaro (died in 1387 or 1388), was Lord of Argos and Nauplia in Frankish Greece from 1377.

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Early life


Pietro was the son of Federigo Cornaro (it.) di Santa Lucia.[1] He was born before 1363.[1] Being one of the wealthiest Venetian patricians of his age, Federigo could afford to conduct his own foreign policy.[1] Historian Anthony Luttrell proposes that Federigo arranged Pietro's marriage with Maria of Enghien, Lady of Argos and Nauplia, in 1377 most probably because he wanted to establish a commercial basis in the Peloponnese.[1] The Senate of Venice authorized him on 16 July 1377 to arm a galley and to transport Maria to Venice.[1]

Lord of Argos and Nauplia


Pietro's marriage with Maria made him her co-ruler in 1377, but he was still young.[1] His father took care of the defense of Argos and Nauplia and sent supplies to the two towns in 1378.[1] Federigo also bought a galley to defend the lordship against pirates in 1381.[1] Heavy taxation during the War of Chioggia and a financial crisis menaced the family's position, but Pietro could keep his lordship after his father died in 1382.[1] Pietro went to Argos to command the defense of Argos and Nauplia against the pirates in 1383.[1] He returned to Venice, but he was planning to again visit his lordship in early 1385.[2] Pietro was one of the lords in Frankish Greece whom King Peter IV of Aragon informed about his appointment of Bernard of Cornella as his vicar-general in the Duchy of Athens on 17 August 1387.[3] Pietro died in 1387 or 1388.[4][2] His widow sold the lordship to Venice on 12 December 1388.[4]

References


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Luttrell 1966, p. 44.
  2. ^ a b Luttrell 1966, p. 45.
  3. ^ Setton 1975, pp. 241–242.
  4. ^ a b Setton 1975, p. 246.

Sources


Preceded by
Maria of Enghien
Lord of Argos and Nauplia
1377–1387/1388
with Maria of Enghien
Succeeded by
Maria of Enghien







Categories: Lords of Argos and Nauplia | House of Cornaro | 1380s deaths | 14th-century Venetian people




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