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Aspects of Skanderbeg’s Relationship with Alfonso V of Aragon

Gjon Berisha


The rise of the Kingdom of Naples by Alfonse V and the relocation of his court in the territory of the new kingdom results in the establishment of the Aragonese dynasty in a new geographic position, next to the Balkan Peninsula. This moment coincided with the consolidation of the Ottoman rule and the emergence of a new military leader, who fiercely opposed through armed resistance the Ottoman conquests; that was George Kastrioti Skanderbeg. Skanderbeg and Alfonso had shared interests, and as a result, a friendship and an alliance were born. The former’s intentions were to make use of this alliance to protect his territories from the Ottoman conquest, and the latter’s intentions were to expand his territories and create a Mediterranean Empire. This relationship will be crowned in 1451 with the Treaty of Gaeta, under which the two parties will be obliged to provide services to each other. The implementation of the treaty will continue until the death of Alfonso V in 1458, respectively, until after the death of Skanderbeg 1468. The alliance was built on the basis of common interests of the two leaders and the similar situation of the two countries.

Keywords: George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, Albania, Alfonso V of Aragon, Oriental Politics, Treaty of Gaeta.

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