Niketa Thopia

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Niketa Thopia
Lord of Krujë
Reign 1392—1394, 1403—1415
Spouse A daughter of Komnen Arianiti
Titles and styles
"Count from the Kingdom of Arberia"
"Ruler of the whole land of Arber"
Noble family Thopia family
Father Karl Topia
Died 1415

Niketa Thopia (Albanian: Niketa Topia, Latin: Nicetas Thopia,[1] fl. 1388 – d. 1415) was the Lord of Krujë between 1392—1394 and 1403—1415. He was a member of the Thopia family and the son of Karl Topia, the Prince of Albania (r. 1368–1388).


Niketa was the son of Karl Topia. His mother is unknown. Upon Karl Topia's death (1388), Marco Barbarigo inherited Krujë through his marriage with Helena, Niketa's older sister; Niketa's older brother Gjergj succeeded as Lord of Durazzo. Niketa held a territory south of Durazzo.

After the death of Bayezid (1402), many Albanian lords recognised Venetian suzerainty, such as Niketa, John Kastrioti and Koja Zaharija.[2][contradictory] The Venetians were interested in having some buffer zone between them and the advancing Ottoman army.[citation needed] In 1403, Niketa Thopia managed to capture the city of Krujë from his sister, Helena Thopia, thus gaining another part of the territory previously held by the Thopia family.[3]

His daughter Mara married Balša III in 1407 and had a daughter Jelena, named after her grandmother Jelena Balšić.[4] Balša III and Niketa entered an alliance in order to drive out the Venetians.[5] Niketa then started to be a mediator between Balša and Venetians during the First Scutari War.[6] At the end of 1411, Niketa Thopia suffered a heavy defeat from the forces of Teodor II Muzaka during one skirmish. He himself was held prisoner and with the intervention of the Ragusan Republic was released, but only after conceding some territories around the Shkumbin river to the Muzaka family. Upon his death in 1415, the castle of Krujë fell into Ottomans' hands.[3]

He married the daughter of Komnen Arianiti.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nicolae Iorga (1908). Geschichte des Osmanischen reiches. F. A. Perthes aktiengsellschaft. p. 331. comes Nicetas 
  2. ^ Hamilton Alexander Rosskeen Gibb (1967). The Encyclopaedia of Islam. Brill. p. 654. 
  3. ^ a b Anamali, Skënder and Prifti, Kristaq. Historia e popullit shqiptar në katër vëllime. Botimet Toena, 2002, ISBN 99927-1-622-3 p.251-252
  4. ^ Spremić 2004, pp. 73–108

    У јеку сукоба, Балша III. се 1407. оженио Маром, кћерком арбанашког господара Никете Топије. Брзо је добио кћер, којој је, по мајци, дао име Јелена.

  5. ^ Aleks Buda (1984). Problems of the formation of the Albanian people, their language and culture. 8 Nëntori. p. 317. 
  6. ^ Fine 1994, p. 512
  7. ^ Shuteriqi, Dhimitër (2012). Zana Prela, ed. Aranitët: Historia- Gjenealogjia-Zotërimet. Toena. p. 97. ISBN 978-99943-1-729-5. 


Preceded by
Marco Barbarigo
Lord of Krujë
Succeeded by
Konstantin Balšić
Preceded by
Konstantin Balšić
Lord of Krujë
Succeeded by
Ottoman Empire