Tanush Thopia

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Tanush Thopia
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Died1467
Kruje
Noble family Thopia family
OccupationMilitary commander

Tanush Thopia or Tanusio Thopia (Albanian : Tanush Topia, Latin : Tanusas Thopius; d. 1467) was an Albanian nobleman and one of the closest collaborators of George Kastrioti Skanderbeg.

Albanian language Indo-European language

Albanian is an Indo-European language spoken by the Albanians in the Balkans and the Albanian diaspora in the Americas, Europe and Oceania. It comprises an independent branch within the Indo-European languages and is not closely related to any other language in Europe.

The Albanian nobility was an elite hereditary ruling class in Albania, parts of the western Balkans and later in parts of the Ottoman world. The Albanian nobility was composed of landowners of vast areas, often in allegiance to states like the Byzantine Empire, various Serbian states, the Republic of Venice, the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Naples in addition to the Albanian principalities. They often used Byzantine, Latin or Slavic titles, such as sebastokrator, despot, dux, conte and zupan.

Thopia descended from the Thopia family that converted from Orthodox Christianity to Catholicism. [1] In 1444, together with his uncle Andrea Thopia, he participated in the founding of the League of Lezhe, the military alliance led by Skanderbeg. [2] He was a commander of the infantry of the League of Lezhë, and his garrison became famous for their resistance during the Second Siege of Krujë. After that siege he is no longer mentioned in historical sources, and some suppose that he might have been killed in the end of that battle or died soon afterwards. He was a skillful commander and his loyalty to Skanderbeg was undeterred and that was the reason why he was appointed in that delicate position. [3]

Thopia family

Thopia family was one of the most powerful Albanian feudal families in the Late Middle Ages. It was initially part of the nobility of the Angevin Kingdom of Albania.

Andrea Thopia or Andrew Thopia was 15th century noble man from Albania whose domains included the territory of Scuria. He was a member of the Thopia family and one of the founders of the League of Lezhë.

The League of Lezhë was a military alliance of Albanian feudal lords forged in Lezhë on 2 March 1444, with Skanderbeg as leader of the regional Albanian and Serbian chieftains united against the Ottoman Empire.

The name Tanush is an Albanian exonym for Athanassius. [4]

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References

  1. Kristaq Prifti (1993). The Truth on Kosova. Encyclopaedia Publishing House. p. 52. Retrieved 5 January 2014. Together with them, there was a religious personage like Tanush Topia from a family which passed easily from Orthodoxy to Catholicism and, then, the dubious experience of Patarinism.
  2. Noli, Fan Stylian, George Castroiti Scanderbeg (1405–1468), International Universities Press, 1947
    "p.36: Andrea Thopia of Scuria between Tirana and Durazzo with his nephew, Tanush Thopia"
  3. Noli, Fan Stylian, George Castroiti Scanderbeg (1405–1468), International Universities Press, 1947
  4. Elsie, Robert. "The Christian Saints of Albania". Balkanistica. American Association for South Slavic Studies. 13: 46.