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Lek%C3%AB Zaharia
Lekë Zaharia
Lord of Sati and Dagnum
Reign?--1444
HereditaryBosa (or Bo?a)
Full name
Lekë Zaharia Altisferi
Died1444
Noble familyZaharia family
FatherKoja Zaharia
MotherBosa

Lekë Zaharia (? – 1444), was an Albanian nobleman from Zaharia family. He was the only son of his father Koja Zaharia and mother Bosa who also had one daughter, Bolja, who named her son Koja after her father.[2][3]

League of Lezhë

In 1444 he was one of the founders of League of Lezhë[4] which included some other members of Albanian nobility:

  1. Lekë Zaharia (lord of Sati and Dagnum) and his vassals Pal Dukagjin and Nicholas Dukagjini
  2. Peter Spani
  3. Leke Dushmani
  4. George Strez Bal?i? with Ivan and Gojko Bal?i?
  5. Andrea Thopia with nis nephew Tanush Thopia
  6. George Arianiti Thopia Comneni
  7. Theodor Corona Musachi
  8. Stefan Crnojevi? with his sons

Leke's murder

According to Marin Barleti[], in 1445 during the ceremony of the marriage of Skanderbeg sister Mamica Kastrioti, he had a dispute with Lekë Dukagjini. The reason of this dispute was a woman named Irene Dushmani, the heir of Dushmani family. She seemed to prefer Zaharia, while this was not accepted by Dukagjini. A skirmish happened and Lekë Dukagjini remained wounded, saved only by the intervention of Vrana Konti. Two years later, in 1447, Lekë Zaharia was killed in an ambush and Lekë Dukagjini was accused for this murder.

Original Venetian documents show that this murder happened in 1444.[5] According to Venetian chronicler Stefano Magno it was Nicholas Dukagjin, Zaharia's vassal, who killed Lekë Zaharia in the battle, not Lekë as stated by Marin Barleti.[6] Stefano Magno also stated that, before he died, Lekë Zaharia expressed his wish that his properties should be handed over to Venetian Republic.[7]

Aftermath

Having left no heirs, the fortress of Dagnum was claimed from Skanderbeg in the name of League of Lezhë, whose Lekë Zaharia was a participant. However, his mother surrendered the castle to the Venice Republic. This events triggered the Albanian Venetian war which lasted two years. In the end the castle of Dagnum remained in Venetian hands toward an annual tribute to Skanderbeg.[8]

Family tree

 
 
 
Koja Zaharia
 
 
 
Bo?a
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bal?a III
Petar Pavlovi? or Petar Vojsali?
 
Bolja
 
Leke Zaharia
 
Daughter (unknown name)
 
?ura?evi?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Koja
 
 
 
 
daughter1
 
 
 
daughter2

References

  1. ^ Heraldika Shqiptare, Gjin Varfi, 2000, ISBN 978-9992731857
  2. ^ Ostrogorsky, George (1951), Pronija : prilog istoriji feudalizma u Vizantiji i u juznoslovenskim zemljama (in Serbo-Croatian), Belgrade: Serbian Academy of Science and Arts, p. 172, OCLC 162891544, retrieved 2012, ...? ? ? , ? ? ? ?. ? ?,...
  3. ^ Bo?i?, Ivan (1979), Nemirno pomorje XV veka (in Serbian), Beograd: Srpska knji?evna zadruga, p. 364, OCLC 5845972, ? -- ?, ? ? ? ?... pp. 364: " ? ? ? . ? ? ? "? " . ? ? ? ? ?"
  4. ^ Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu, 1405-1468 Volume 4 of (Vepra të plota) / Fan S(tylian) Noli, Fan Stylian Noli Author Fan Stylian Noli Publisher Naim Frashëri, 1967 p. 84
  5. ^ Schmitt, Oliver Jens (2001), Das venezianische Albanien (1392-1479), München: R. Oldenbourg Verlag GmbH München, p. 300, ISBN 3-486-56569--9, In ein Aktenstück von Januar 1445 inseriert ist eine Urkunde des Skutariner Grafen Francesco Querini vom 18. Septembar 1443, in der Lekas witwe Bozha, seiner Tochter Bolja und derren sohnchen Koja einge Dorfer aus Lekas ba?tina und eine pension...
  6. ^ Bo?i?, Ivan (1979), Nemirno pomorje XV veka (in Serbian), Beograd: Srpska knji?evna zadruga, p. 364, OCLC 5845972, ? ? ? . ? ? ? "? " . ? ? ? ? ?
  7. ^ Bo?i?, Ivan (1979), Nemirno pomorje XV veka (in Serbian), Beograd: Srpska knji?evna zadruga, p. 364, OCLC 5845972, ? ? ?, ? ? , , ? ? ? .
  8. ^ Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu, 1405-1468 Volume 4 of (Vepra të plota) / Fan S(tylian) Noli, Fan Stylian Noli Author Fan Stylian Noli Publisher Naim Frashëri, 1967 p. 90-92
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Koja Zaharia
Lord of Sati and Dagnum
before 1442–1444
Succeeded by
Bosa (or Bo?a) Zaharia

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