George Thopia

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George Thopia
Lord of Durazzo
Reign 1388—1392
Died 1392
Noble family Thopia
Spouse(s) Voislava Branković
Father Karl Topia
Mother Vojislava Balšić

George Thopia (Albanian : Gjergj Topia, Italian : Giorgio Topia, fl. 1388–d. 1392) was the Lord of Durazzo (Durrës) from 1388 to 1392. He was the son of Karl Topia and Vojislava Balšić.[ citation needed ] George married Voislava (Teodora), the daughter of sevastokrator Branko Mladenović, of the Serbian Branković family. [1]

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George was required to return Durazzo to the Republic of Venice in 1392. [2] Later that year, he died without issue.[ citation needed ] His sister, Elena, gained the bulk of the rest of his holdings, whilst a smaller portion was left to his younger sister, Vojsava.[ citation needed ]

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References

  1. Veselinović & Ljušić 2002.
  2. Elsie, Robert (2010). Historical Dictionary of Albania. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 443. ISBN   978-0-8108-6188-6. His son, George Thopia, was obliged to return Durres to the Venetians in 1392

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Preceded by
Karl Topia
as Prince of Albania
Lord of Durazzo
1388–92
Succeeded by
Helena Thopia