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George I Ghisi (Italian : Giorgio Ghisi) (died 15 March 1311) was a Latin feudal lord in medieval Greece.

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A son of Bartholomew I Ghisi, through his first marriage to a daughter of Guy II of Dramelay he was Baron of Chalandritsa in the Principality of Achaea. In 1292, he was also named as castellan of Kalamata. [1] In that year, following a series of destructive raids in the Greek and Latin-held islands of the Aegean Sea, the Aragonese admiral Roger of Lauria led his fleet to anchor at Navarino. Fearful lest the Aragonese seize possession of lands in Achaea, or repeat their plundering raids, and with Prince Florent of Hainaut absent in Italy, George assembled two hundred knights at Androusa and attacked the Aragonese. In a brief but bloody combat, the Achaeans were defeated and George captured, only to be ransomed for 8,000 hyperpyra shortly after when the Aragonese fleet sailed to Glarentsa. [2] [3]

Bartholomew I Ghisi was the Venetian hereditary lord of the islands of Tenos and Mykonos in the Cyclades in Frankish Greece. He was the son of the conqueror of these islands, Andrea Ghisi, and lived to a very advanced age. He was succeeded by his son, George I Ghisi.

Principality of Achaea Crusader principality in southern Greece

The Principality of Achaea or of the Morea was one of the three vassal states of the Latin Empire which replaced the Byzantine Empire after the capture of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. It became a vassal of the Kingdom of Thessalonica, along with the Duchy of Athens, until Thessalonica was captured by Theodore, the despot of Epirus, in 1224. After this, Achaea became for a while the dominant power in Greece.

A castellan is the title used in Medieval Europe for a governor of a castle and its surrounding territory referred to as the castellany. The word stems from the Latin Castellanus, derived from castellum "castle". Sometimes also known as a constable, governor of the castle district or captain, the Constable of the Tower of London is, in fact, a form of castellan. A castellan was almost always male, but could occasionally be female, as when, in 1194, Beatrice inherited her father's castellany of Bourbourg upon the death of her brother, Roger.

In 1303, when his father died, he inherited the lordship of the Aegean islands of Tinos, Mykonos, with fiefs on Serifos and Keos. [1] [4] Through his second wife, Alice dalle Carceri, he also became triarch of Negroponte (Euboea). He was killed in the Battle of the Cephissus against the Catalan Company in 1311. His wife Alice died in 1313. [1] [4]

Tinos Regional unit and Municipality in South Aegean, Greece

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Mykonos Island and Municipality in South Aegean, Greece

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Serifos Place in Greece

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Duchy of Athens

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  1. 1 2 3 Bon (1969), pp. 234–235, 459
  2. Bon (1969), p. 167
  3. Miller (1908), pp. 185–186
  4. 1 2 Setton (1975), p. 12


William Miller was a British-born medievalist and journalist.

Kenneth Setton American historian who was one of the foremost scholars of medieval Europe

Kenneth Meyer Setton was an American historian and an expert on the history of medieval Europe, particularly the Crusades.

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Preceded by
Guy of Dramelay
Baron of Chalandritsa
after 1285/86 – 1311
Next known title holder:
Nicholas of Dramelay
Preceded by
Bartholomew I Ghisi
Lord of Tinos and Mykonos
Succeeded by
Bartholomew II Ghisi