M. Koromila,Mistras. Second program, 1218-1259.
And built on it a magnificent castle, and a mighty stronghold".
The program goes on to describe life in Morea , especially in the time of Guillaume, noting the economic and social factors which characterized it, including cultivation of the vine, olive and mulberry tree, silk production, and the establishment of a mint at Andreville / Andravida, which was the seat of the Principate of Achaea in the prefecture of Elis). Mention is made of the fortresses of Glarenza and Chlemoutsi, and the Venetian merchants in the western and southwestern Peloponnese.
The program’s second part is dedicated to the battle waged in 1259 by Michael II Angelodoukas Komnenos, despot of Epiros and father in law of Guillaume Villehardouin, together with their allies, against the Palaiologans of the Empire of Nicaea. On campaign with Michael was Guillaume, who was married to Anna Angelodoukaina Komnene, Michael’s daughter. The battle was fought out on the plain of Pelagonia (in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and resulted in the capture of the cream of the Frankish knights. Included among those taken prisoner was Guillaume Villehardouin. As ransom for the prisoners, Michael VIII Palaiologos asked for no less than the surrender of the entire Principate of Achaea. The program ends with the knights still in captivity. Passages from the Chronicle of Morea and Steven Runciman’s Mistra are read aloud, as well as satirical “poetic improvisations” written by MK especially for these programs. Music both accompanies and frames the spoken word.
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