- Feb 19, 2015
Chapter I: DivisionThe story of Naples' rise to glory can trace it's roots back to the twenty year conflict known as the War of the Sicilian Vespers, which in 1302 resulted in the division the old Kingdom of Sicily. The new Kingdom of Naples was vulnerable to further expansion by the Aragonese. King Charles II secretly vowed he would restore the Kingdom of Sicily and would prevent foreigners from ever threatening its borders again. Unfortunately, Charles would not live to see this day as he died on May 5th, 1309.
Charles was succeeded by his son, Robert the Bold. Not much is known about the reign of Robert. What is known is that he began to be known as Robert the Bold after declaring war on Trinacria knowing full well that would draw in Aragon, Castile, and Portugal. Robert used his newly built Navy to great success to sink most of his opponents and prevent any landing of troops. His success at sea was not matched on land however, as the army of Provence was easily dispatched and lands quickly sieged. The disaster led to Robert being forced to release Provence from the personal union in order to stop the destruction. This also led to some modern historians refer to him as Robert the Foolish, for declaring war on a superior force.
After the full siege of Trinacria, the war stalled for years. With neither side able to land on their opponents shore, the war dragged on for seven long years. Eventually, both Castile and Portugal made a white peace with Naples. Under increasing economic and political pressure, Aragon was forced to turn vassalage of Trinacria over to Naples on August 4th, 1318.
From the start, Trinacria was rebellious, but an independence war was avoided. The next several years has little documentation. It is known that King Robert died in 1321, but the exact date is unknown. It is also known that in 1324, Naples, now ruled by King Ferrante I, declared war on Byzantium for their Albanian cores. Documentation of this war is virtually non existent. We do know that by January 13th, 1329, Naples had control of all of her cores owned by Byzantium and also taken Laconia for her Vassal Achaea.
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