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Gojko Balšić
Lord of Misia[1]
Personal details
Spouse(s) Komnina Arianiti
Occupation Member of the League of Lezhë (1444-?)

Gojko Balšić (Serbian language:Гојко Балшић, Albanian language:Gojko Balsha ,[2] Latin language:Coico Balsa; fl. 1444) and his brothers George Strez and John were the lords of Misia, a coastal area from the White Drin towards the Adriatic. The brothers were members of the Balšić family, which earlier held Zeta. They participated in founding the League of Lezhë, an alliance led by their maternal uncle Skanderbeg. Gojko supported Skanderbeg until the latter's death in 1468, and then continued to fight against the Ottomans within Venetian forces.

FamilyEdit

There are two views of his geneaology. According to Gjon Muzaka and Karl Hopf, Ivan (John, Gjon) and Gojko Strez Balšić were in fact children of Vlajka Kastrioti and Stefan Strez who was a son of Đurađ Balšić, an illegitimate child of Đurađ I Balšić.[3][4] According to Fan Noli, Gojko had two brothers (George Strez and Ivan), both children of Jela Kastrioti[5] and Pavle Balšić. Both views confirm that Gojko was Skanderbeg's nephew.[5][6]

Gojko married Komnina, a daughter of Gjergj Arianiti.[7] According to Gjon Muzaka, they had two sons and one daughter, Maria. The sons died in Hungary.[8] Muzaka stated that Maria married the Count of Muro and had two daughters, Beatrice and Isabel. Beatrice, married Prince Ferdinand Orsino, Duke of Gravina while Isabel, married Lord Louis of Gesualdo, Count of Conza.[8]

BiographyEdit

Gojko and his brothers were lords of Misia, a coastal area from the White Drin towards the Adriatic.[1] Gojko attended the meeting of several Christian noblemen from Albania held in Lezhë in March 1444, which resulted in the forging of an alliance against the Ottoman Empire. The League of Lezhë was founded by:[9][10]

Gojko's brother George cancelled his support to Skanderbeg after a while, while Gojko and John supported Skanderbeg until his death in 1468.[5] After Skanderbeg's death Gojko and John Balsha, together with Leke, Progon and Nicholas Dukagjini, continued to fight for Venice.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gopčević 1914, pp. 74-75: "in Misia"
  2. Turcica. Association pour le développement des études turques. 1999. p. 298. http://books.google.com/books?id=4nppAAAAMAAJ. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  3. Gopčević 1914, p. 460
    Bezüglich der Strez herrscht Verwirrung. Hopf macht Ivo und Gojko BalSid zu Söhnen des Stefan Strez, welcher Vlajka Kastriota geheiratet hätte und Sohn des Gjuragj Balšić gewesen wäre, eines Bastards des Gjuragj I.
  4. Musachi 1515, texts 16-18
    To the fourth sister, Lady Vlaica, who was married to Lord Balsha, was born John and Coico Balsha.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Noli 1947, p. 208
    Scanderbeg had three Balsha nephews from his sister Yella. Of these only George Stresi Balsha betrayed him, while the two others, John and Gioka, served him loyally to the end
  6. Spandouginos-Nicol, p. 96: "Iella, who married Paul Balša"
  7. Slijepčević 1983, p. 40: "Комнина за Гојка.Балшића"
  8. 8.0 8.1 John Musachi (1515), Brief Chronicle on the Descendants of our Musachi Dynasty
  9. Noli 1947, p. 36
  10. Schmitt 2001, p. 297: "Nikola und Paul Dukagjin, Leka Zaharia von Dagno, Peter Span, Herr der Berge hinter Drivasto, Georg Strez Balsha sowie Johann und Gojko Balsha, die sich zwischen Kruja und Alessio festgesetzt hatten, die Dushman von Klein-Polatum sowie Stefan (Stefanica) Crnojevic, der Herr der Oberzeta"
  11. Schmitt 2001, p. 297
    die Skanderbegs Personlichkeit gelassen hatte, nicht zu füllen. Deshalb muste Venedig wie in den Jahrzehnten vor Skanderbeg mit einer Vielzahl von Adligen zusammenarbeiten; neben Leka, Progon und Nikola Dukagjin gehörten zu dieser Schicht auch Comino Araniti, wohl derselbe, der 1466 Durazzo überfallen hatte; die Söhne von Juani Stexi, di Johann Balsha, Machthaber zwischen Alessio und Kruja; Gojko Balsha und seine söhne der woiwode Jaran um Kruja (1477), und auch der mit seinem Erbe überforderte Johann Kastriota.

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