Helena Thopia

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Helena Thopia
Lady of Krujë (First reign)
Reign 1388 - 1392 (First reign)
Predecessor Karl Thopia
Successor Niketa Thopia
Lady of Krujë (Second reign, with Konstantin Balšić, Ottoman vassal)
Reign 1394 - 1402
Predecessor Niketa Thopia
Successor Herself
Lady of Krujë (Second reign, Ottoman vassal)
Reign 1402 - 1403
Predecessor Herself
Successor Niketa Thopia
Spouse(s) Marco Barbarigo, Konstantin Balšić
House Muzaka Family
Father Karl Thopia

Helena Thopia was an Albanian princess from Thopia family. She was married to Marco Barbarigo, a Venetian nobleman. After the death of her father, Karl Topia, in 1388, she inherited the castle of Krujë and the surrounding region. In 1392 as a result of the hostilities between her husband and the Venetian forces, her cousin, Niketa Thopia, a Venice loyal, attacked the city of Krujë and forced them to find refuge among the Balsha family.

In 1394 Konstantin Balšić, who was appointed by Ottomans to govern the Krujë castle, married her. He acted there as an Ottoman vassal and was killed in 1402. In 1403 Niketa Thopia captured the castle from Helena.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anamali, Skënder and Prifti, Kristaq. Historia e popullit shqiptar në katër vëllime. Botimet Toena, 2002, ISBN 99927-1-622-3 p.251-252
Preceded by
Karl Topia
Lord/Lady of Krujë
1388–1392
Succeeded by
Niketa Thopia
Preceded by
Konstantin Balšić
Lord/Lady of Krujë
1402–1403
Succeeded by
Niketa Thopia