Thopia Zenevisi

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Thopia Zenevisi
Bornc. 1379[ citation needed ]
Noble family Zenebishi
Father John Zenevisi
Motherdaughter of Gjin Bua Spata

Depas or Thopia Zenevisi [a] (Albanian : Depë Zenebishi, c. 1379–1435) was an Albanian nobleman. The son of John Zenevisi, he had settled in his father's estate in Corfu after the conquest of Gjirokastër by the Ottoman Empire in 1418. He was called to lead the rebels in the area of Gjirokastër during the Albanian Revolt of 1432-1436 and was defeated by Turahan Bey in early 1433. He was captured and later executed.

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The son of John Zenevisi he had settled in his father's estate in Corfu after the conquest of Gjirokastër by the Ottoman Empire in 1418. [1] He was called to lead the rebels in the area of Gjirokastër during the Albanian Revolt of 1432-1436 and was defeated by Turahan Bey in early 1433. [1] He was captured and later executed. [1]

Turahan Bey or Turakhan Beg was a prominent Ottoman military commander and governor of Thessaly from 1423 until his death in 1456. He participated in many Ottoman campaigns of the second quarter of the 15th century, fighting against the Byzantines as well as against the Crusade of Varna. His repeated raids into the Morea transformed the local Byzantine despotate into an Ottoman dependency and opened the way for its conquest. At the same time, his administration of Thessaly, where he settled new peoples, founded the town of Tyrnavos and revitalized the economy, set the groundwork for Ottoman rule in the area for centuries to come.


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  1. ^ Chalkokondyles calls him "Depas". [1] In historiography, his name is mostly spelled Thopia Zenevisi. A common Albanian neologism[ citation needed ] is "Depë Zenebishi".

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  1. 1 2 3 4 Imber, Colin (1990). The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1481. Isis Press. pp. 114–5. ISBN   9789754280159 . Retrieved 31 July 2012. Arianit's easy victory encouraged the Albanians of Gjirokaster to call on a lord whom Chalkokondylas calls "Depas", whose father the ...