Blinishti family

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Blinishti
Country  Byzantine Empire
 Kingdom of Serbia (medieval)
 Kingdom of France
Titles comes (count)
Dissolution 1330 (1330)

Blinishti family was an Albanian feudal family from Northern Albania that appears in several documents of the 13-14th century AD. They were in control of a territory from Blinisht (a settlement, that now belongs to the Lezhë District) to the highlands of northern Albania.[1]

Its founder, Vlad Blinishti, first appears on sources in 1274 as a Byzantine stratiot. He allied himself with the Serbian King, and in 1279 was arrested from the captain of Durrës, which was then under Angevin rule. Later he was released and sent to Brindisi with the title "comes". His son, Gulielm Blinishti, became marshal of the Angevin armies in Albania. Another member of this family Kalojan Blinishti appears on sources with the title "comes". This feudal family was extinguished around 1330 as a result of various conflicts with neighboring Serbian kingdom and then emerging Dukagjini family.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Serbët dhe Shqiptarët: historia e shqiptarëve të veriut. (Serbs and Albanians:history of North Albanians) Author Shuflaj, M. 2001 Tiranë Bargjini ISBN 978-99927-770-1-5