Konstantin Balšić

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Konstantin Balšić
Lord of Krujë
Lord of Krujë
1394—1402
Successor Helena Thopia
Spouse Helena Thopia
Issue
Noble family Balšić
Father Đurađ I Balšić
Mother Teodora Dejanović
Died 1402
Durazzo, Venetian Republic

Konstantin Balšić (fl. 1378–died 1402), was a lord of the Balšić family, who ruled over lands in Albania.

Life[edit]

Konstantin was the son of Đurađ I Balšić, the Lord of Zeta (r. 1362–1378) and his wife, Teodora Dejanović (the daughter of despot Dejan). After his father's death in 1378, he inherited a small parchment of land between the rivers of Bojana and Drin.

To expand links in the western Balkans, he married his sister Eudokia to the Florentine Despot of Ioannina Esau de' Buondelmonti.

In late 1394, Konstantin was installed as governor of Krujë by the Ottomans and married Marco Barbadigo's first wife, the Albanian princess Helena Thopia, daughter of Karlo Thopia. He was sent to become the Balšićs head as an Ottoman protégé and apparently failed, losing his stronghold, Dagnum, to his cousin, Đurađ II, in 1395.[1]

Konstantin was very faithful to Sultan Bayezid I. On 17 May 1395 he fought in the Battle of Rovine and witnessed the deaths of some Serb noblemen but managed to survive himself. Of those who died included his cousin Konstantin Dejanović, according to whom he was named after, and King Marko Mrnjavčević. In 1402, he was executed in Durazzo for unknown reasons, but it is generally believed that his absence at the Battle of Angora may have had something to do with this. After Konstantin's death his wife Helena and their son Stefan first went to Venetians and then lived with her sister Maria. Since Maria was married to Filip Maramonte, the Venetians and Ragusans often referred to Stefan Balšić as "Stefan Maramonte".[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Anamali, Skënder and Prifti, Kristaq. Historia e popullit shqiptar në katër vëllime. Botimet Toena, 2002, ISBN 99927-1-622-3 pp. 251-252
  2. ^ M. Bešić, Zarij (1970). Istorija Crne Gore / 2. Crna gora u doba oblasnih gospodara. (in Serbian). Titograd: Redakcija za istoiju Crne Gore. p. 119. OCLC 175122851. ...може се као доста поуздано прихватити дшшљење да је Стефан Балшић Марамонте био син Конставл-ина Балшића и Јелене Тогшје....његова је удовица отишла у Млетке, а затим се повуклакод своје рођаке Марије Топија, удате за Фшшпа Марамонте...Ду-бровчани и Млечани често називали Стефан Марамонте. 
Preceded by
Niketa Thopia
Lord of Krujë
1394—1402
Succeeded by
Helena Thopia