Gazo Chinard

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Gazo Chinard (1230–1294) was an Italian noble lord, relative of Philippe Chinard and vassal of Manfred of Sicily and Charles of Anjou. After the assassination of Philippe Chinard by Michael VIII Palaiologos, Gazo enraged by the act, handed over the territories to Charles of Anjou, who in return appointed him as captain general of Corfu.[1]

The same year as Charles' envoy, he tried to persuade local noblemen and commanders in Albania to surrender Manfred's domains in Albania to Charles of Anjou, but they refused to do so.[2]

In 1272, when Charles of Anjou proclaimed the Kingdom of Albania, he appointed Gazo Chinard as his Vicar-General. In 1273 he was replaced by a French governor.[3][4]

In 1274 he was in command of a fleet in Ischia. In 1278 he was one of Charles' vassals who was ordered to provide ships for his planned crusade. In 1279 he was the castellan of Bari and later on the commander of the whole fleet in Abruzzo and Apulia. In 1282 he participated in the attack on Sicily in an effort by Charles to recapture the island following the Sicilian Vespers, but with no success. He was removed definitively from command in 1283, on account of old age and he is not mentioned again in the sources.[5]


  1. ^ Emperor Michael Palaeologus and the West, 1258-1282: a study in Byzantine-Latin Relations, by Deno John Geanakoplos, Archon Books, 1973 ISBN 0-208-01310-5, ISBN 978-0-208-01310-1 p. 194
  2. ^ Anamali, Skënder; Prifti (2002) (in Albanian). Historia e popullit shqiptar në katër vëllime. Botimet Toena. ISBN 99927-1-622-3 p. 206
  3. ^ Nicol, Donald MacGillivray (2010), The Despotate of Epiros 1267–1479: A Contribution to the History of Greece in the Middle Ages, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-13089-9 p. 15
  4. ^ Setton, Kenneth M. (1976), The Papacy and the Levant (1204–1571), Volume I: The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, DIANE Publishing, ISBN 0-87169-114-0 p. 109
  5. ^ Mercenaries and paid men: the mercenary identity in the Middle Ages : proceedings of a conference held at University of Wales, Swansea, 7-9 July 2005 Volume 47 of History of Warfare, ed. John France , Brill, 2008 ISBN 90-04-16447-2, ISBN 978-90-04-16447-5 p. 123-124