Battle of Meloria (1241)
|Battle of Meloria|
|Part of Genoese-Pisan Wars|
Battle of Meloria in the 14th century Nuova Cronica of Giovanni Villani
| Holy Roman Empire
Republic of Pisa
|Republic of Genoa|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Ansaldo de Mari|
|Casualties and losses|
|Three Genoese galleys were sunk and twenty-two taken; Several of the prelates perished, and many were carried prisoners to the camp of the emperor.|
The first Battle of Meloria took place on 3 May 1241 near Meloria islet, off Livorno, Italy. It was fought between the fleet of the emperor Frederick II, called Stupor Mundi, in alliance with Pisa, against a Genoese squadron bringing a number of English, French and Spanish prelates to attend the council summoned to meet at the Lateran by Pope Gregory IX. He had denounced Frederick II as a heretic and summoned a council to give point to his anathema. Three Genoese galleys were sunk and twenty-two taken. Several of the prelates perished, and many were carried prisoners to the camp of the emperor.
Another battle, of higher historical importance, was later fought in the same place; usually Battle of Meloria refers to this second battle.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
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