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Word: despot

Definition: tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; CF. despotism

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Athens was originally a vassal state of the Kingdom of Thessalonica, but after Thessalonica was captured in 1224 by Theodore, the Despot of Epirus, the Principality of Achaea claimed suzerainty over Athens, a claim disputed by the de la Roche in the War of the Euboeote Succession.
Despot Vuk, Dmitar Jakšić, and his son Jovan Jakšić, took part in the campaign of King Matthias against the Turks in 1481, when the Christian army arrived at Kruševac.
Following his release Dionysius became highly thought of by Mara Branković, daughter of the Serbian Despot Đurađ Branković and one of the wives of Sultan Murad II, the father of Mehmed II.
Green saw the War as unjust and Lincoln as a despot who had to be stopped.
He received the supreme court dignity of Despot on 22 May 1295, and married Irene Palaiologina Choumnaina, the daughter of Nikephoros Choumnos, in 1303.
He was the son of Demetrios Michael Doukas Komnenos Koutroules, a younger son of Michael II Komnenos Doukas, despot of Epirus, and his mother was Anna Terter of Bulgaria.
His daughter Anna Palaiologina Angelina married firstly John II Orsini, despot in Epirus, and later John Asan Komnenos, despot in Valona.
In 1306 he was named to the highest court rank, that of Despot.
In 1444 Athens became a tributary of Constantine Palaeologus, the despot of Morea and heir to the Byzantine throne.
In 1476, Dmitar took part in the battle of Pančevo, alongside Despot Vuk Grgurević.
It affected a part of Serbs, the properties of the Jakšić brothers in Nădlac was destroyed and a part of the former Despot's.
Jakša was a "voivode" (military commander) in the Serbian Despotate, under "Despot" Đurađ Branković.
Like machines, they dumbly moved about the deck, ever conscious that the old man's despot eye was on them.
The eponymous founder, Jakša, was a "voivode" (Duke) in the service of Serbian Despot Đurađ Branković, and after the fall of Serbia to the Ottomans his descendants joined the ranks of the Hungarian army, Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus titled them ""pillars of Christianity"".
They were rebuilt during the 6th century under the Emperor Justinian I and again in the 13th century under the Despot of Epirus, Michael Angelus Comnenus, cousin of the Byzantine Emperor.
This obstinate struggle only increased the previous exasperation of the Sicilian Greeks against the Carthaginians; and when at length the troops of Dionysius made themselves masters of the city, they put the whole surviving population, men, women, and children, to the sword. After this the Syracusan despot placed it in charge of a garrison under an officer named Biton; while his brother Leptines made it the station of his fleet.
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