European Academic Research ISSN 2286-4822
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Article Name :
Dimension of Skanderbeg’s relations with the Holy See in the face of Ottoman invasions
Author Name :
Gjon Berisha
Publisher :
Bridge Center
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Abstract :
One of the countries with which Skanderbeg had ongoing relationships and of a particular importance was the Holy See in Rome. In the 15th century, Rome represented, as it does today, the universal center of the Catholic Church (Holy See) and the capital of a powerful political state (papal state). As a Holy See, its jurisdiction extended to all structures of Catholic Church, hence, in Albanian territories as well. The advancement of the Ottoman armies in the Balkans, their approach to the borders of the Catholic Hungary, their outlet on the Adriatic coast, the aim of the sultans to penetrate into Central Europe and to cross the Italian Peninsula, had seriously worried Rome. The concern of Pope Eugene IV (1431-1447) grew even more after the Council of Florence (1439), where his projects for a joint crusade with the Eastern Church prove unsuccessful. It is precisely in these circumstances that Skanderbeg's resistance against the Ottoman armies gained a special strategic, political, military and ecclesial importance for Rome, both as a church and state. This study, mainly based on unpublished sources, those published in Latin and a rich bibliography, will treat the role of the Albanians and their warrior-king, George Kastrioti Skanderbeg in relation to the Holy See in the face of Ottoman invasions.
Keywords :
George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, the Holy See, Albania, Ottoman Empire, Pope

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