Leonardo I Tocco

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Arms of Leonardo I Tocco as Count Palatine of Cephalonia and Zakynthos: the Tocco arms with Anjou-Taranto in canton

Leonardo I Tocco (died 1375/1377) was the count palatine of the islands of Cephalonia and Zakynthos from 1357 until his death, and later lord of Ithaca, Lefkada, and the port of Vonitsa as well.

He was the son of Guglielmo Tocco, the Angevin governor of Corfu in the 1330s, and his second wife Margaret Orsini, the daughter of John I Orsini, Count palatine of Cephalonia.[1][2]

Through his father, Leonardo was closely connected to the Angevin dynasty, and in particular Robert of Taranto. Leonardo was one of the witnesses to his marriage, and later was instrumental in securing Robert's release from captivity in Hungary in 1352. As a reward, in 1357, Robert named him Count palatine of Cephalonia, Zakynthos and possibly Ithaca as well. Probably by ca. 1362, and certainly before 1373, Leonardo also succeeded in gaining control over Lefkada and the port of Vonitsa on the Epirote mainland.[1][2][3] In 1374, following the death of Philip II of Taranto, he was part of a delegation which went to Naples and offered the Principality of Achaea to Queen Joan I of Naples.[4] He died sometime between March 1375 and August 1377.[3]

Leonardo was married to Maddalena Buondelmonti, a niece of the powerful Niccolò Acciaioli. By her he had five children:[2]


  1. ^ a b c d ODB, "Tocco" (A.-M. Talbot), p. 2090
  2. ^ a b c Miller 1908, p. 292
  3. ^ a b Fine 1994, p. 354
  4. ^ Miller 1908, p. 307


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Preceded by Count palatine of Cephalonia
1357 – 1375/77
Succeeded by