Despotate of Epirus Timeline

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  • 1205 - 1479
    Despotate of Epirus.
  • 1205 - 1215
    Reign of Michael I Komnenos Doukas in Epirus.
  • 1215 - 1230
    Reign of Theodore I Komnenos Doukas in Epirus.
  • 1217
    Theodore I Komnenos Doukas of Epirus captures Peter of Courtenay, the Latin Emperor.
  • 1224
    Theodore I Komnenos Doukas of Epirus recaptures Thessalonica from the Latins.
  • 1227
    Theodore I Komnenos Doukas crowned the Emperor of Thessalonica in Ohrid.
  • 1230
    Battle of Klokotnitsa, in which the Bulgarian army under Tsar Ivan Asen II defeated Theodore Komennos Doukas, Despot of Epirus.
  • 1230 - 1241
    Reign of Manuel Komnenos Doukas in Thessalonica (1230-1237 CE) and Thessaly (1230-1241 CE).
  • 1230 - c. 1267
    Reign of Michael II Komnenos Doukas, Despot of Epirus.
  • 1237 - 1244
    Reign of John Komnenos Doukas in Thessalonica.
  • 1242
    The Empire of Thessalonica is forced to submit as a despotate to the Empire of Nicaea.
  • 1244 - 1246
    Reign of Demetrios Komnenos Doukas in Thessalonica.
  • 1246
  • 1257
    Manfred of Sicily invades the Despotate of Epirus and conquers Durazzo, Corfu, Valona, Kanina, and Berat.
  • 1259
    Battle of Pelagonia: Byzantine forces defeat the combined armies of the Principality of Achaea and Manfred of Sicily. Epirote forces withdraw before the battle.
  • 1264
    Peace treaty between the Byzantine Empire and the Despotate of Epirus.
  • c. 1267 - 1297
    Reign of Nikephoros I Komnenos Doukas, Despot of Epirus.
  • 1297 - 1318
    Reign of Thomas Komnenos Doukas, Despot of Epirus.
  • 1318
    Thomas Komnenos Doukas, Despot of Epirus, is murdered by his nephew, Count Nicholas Orsini of Cephalonia.
  • 1318 - 1323
    Reign of Nicholas Orsini, Despot of Epirus.
  • 1318
    The city of Ioannina joins the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1323 - 1335
    Reign of John II Orsini, Despot of Epirus.
  • 1325
    John II Orsini, Despot of Epirus, is dethroned as Count of Cephalonia.
  • 1333
    Brief occupation of land in Thessaly by the Despotate of Epirus.
  • 1335 - 1340
    Reign of Nikephoros II Orsini, Despot of Epirus.
  • 1338
    Anna, widow of John II Orsini, signs over the Despotate of Epirus to the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1340
    Byzantine forces defeat the Epirote rebels under Nikephoros II Orsini, reincorporating the territory into the Byzantine Empire.
  • c. 1348
    Serbian forces under Stefan Dusan conquer Epirus.
  • 1356 - 1359
    Second reign of Nikephoros II Orsini, Despot of Epirus.
  • 1359 - 1367
    Reign of Symeon Uros over Ioannina.
  • 1367 - 1384
    Reign of Thomas Preljubovic in Ioannina.
  • 1385 - 1411
    Reign of Esau Buondelmonti in Ioannina.
  • 1399
    Esau Buondelmonti, Despot of Ioannina, is captured by Albanians.
  • 1400 - 1408
    Carlo I Tocco, Count of Cephalonia, conquers Akarnania and Aitolia from the Albanians.
  • 1411
    Carlo I Tocco is proclaimed the lord of Ioannina.
  • 1412
    Battle of Kranea: Albanian forces defeat Carlo I Tocco, Count of Cephalonia.
  • 1415
    Manuel II Palaiologos grants the title of despot of Epirus to Carlo I Tocco, Count of Cephalonia.
  • 1416
    Carlo I Tocco conquers the city of Arta, reuniting the Despotate of Epirus.
  • 1421 - 1426
    Carlo I Tocco, Despot of Epirus, attempts to conquer the Principality of Achaea, but is defeated by Byzantine forces.
  • 1429 - 1448
    Reign of Carlo II Tocco in Epirus.
  • 1430
    Ioannina surrenders to the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1448 - 1479
    Reign of Leonardo III Tocco in Epirus.
  • 1449
    Arta is conquered by the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1479
    The Ottoman Empire conquers the remaining territory of the Despotate of Epirus: Vonitsa, Cephalonia, Ithaka, Zante, and Lefkada.