- Maria Angelina Doukaina Palaiologina
Maria Angelina Ducena Palaeologina Basilissa of Epirus Thomas and Maria Paleologina Reign 1385-1386 Predecessor Thomas II Preljubović Successor Esau de' Buondelmonti House House of Nemanjić Father Simeon Uroš Mother Thomais Orsini Born 1350/51 Died December 28, 1394
Ioannina, Despotate of Epirus
Religion Eastern Orthodox Christian
Maria Angelina Doukaina Palaiologina (Greek: Μαρία Αγγελίνα Δούκαινα Παλαιολογίνα) (died December 28, 1394) was ruler of Epirus from 1385 to 1386. She took the title of Basilissa of Epirus or Empress/Queen of Epirus.
Maria was the daughter of Emperor Simeon Uroš Palaiologos and Thomais Orsini. Her maternal grandparents were John Orsini of Epirus and Anna Palaiologina Angelina. In 1360 or 1366, Maria married Thomas II Preljubović, who was appointed governor of Epirus in Ioannina by her father. Popular with her subjects, she was apparently mistreated by her husband and connived in his murder on December 23, 1384.
The population of Ioannina acclaimed Maria as ruler. She used the title of basilissa, female form of basileus. She summoned her brother John Uroš Doukas Palaiologos (now monk under the name Joasaph) to advise her in the affairs of state. John Uroš suggested that Maria marry Esau de' Buondelmonti, one of the Latin noblemen captured by Thomas in 1379. There is an allegation, that Maria was already enamored of the captive before the murder of her husband, and that this affair had resulted in the assassination of Thomas.
Maria married Esau in February 1385, and survived for a further decade, dying on December 28, 1394. The Chronicle of Ioannina, so hostile towards Thomas, describes Maria in very flattering terms; the Byzantine historian Laonikos Chalkokondyles suggest that she was an unfaithful wife of questionable morality. Both accounts may be biased. Maria does not appear to have had surviving children from either marriage.
Ancestors of Maria Angelina Doukaina Palaiologina 16. Stephen Uroš I of Serbia 8. Stephen Uroš II Milutin of Serbia 17. Helena of Anjou 4. Stephen Uroš III Dečanski of Serbia 18. George I Terter of Bulgaria 9. Anna Terter of Bulgaria 19. Kira Maria Asenina of Bulgaria 2. Simeon Uroš 20. Constantine Palaiologos, porphyrogénnētos 10. John Palaiologos, despotes in Macedonia 21. Irene Raoulaina 5. Maria Palaiologina 22. Theodore Metochites, megas logothetis 11. Irene Metochitissa 1. Maria Angelina Doukaina Palaiologina 24. Richard I Orsini 12. John I Orsini, despotes in Epirus 6. John II Orsini 26. Nikephoros I Komnenos Doukas 13. Maria Komnene Doukaina Angelina 27. Maria Doukaina Laskarina 3. Thomais Orsini 28. Michael (Demetrios) Komnenos Doukas, despotes in Epirus 14. Andronikos Palaiologos Angelos 29. Anna Terter of Bulgaria 7. Anna Palaiologina Angelina 30. Georgios Kokalas 15. X Kokala
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Regnal titles Preceded by
Ruler of Epirus
Despots of Epirus Komnenos-Doukas dynasty Orsini dynasty Nemanjić dynasty Buondelmonti dynasty Tocco dynasty ‡Also rulers of Thessaly †Also counts palatine of Cephalonia and Zakynthos House of Nemanjić Main ruling members Other ruling members Archbishops Minor membersVratislav Nemanjić · Vratko Nemanjić · Urošica · Dmitar Nemanjić · Stefan Vukanović · Radoslav Hlapenx · Vojihnax · Balša Ix Female members Consorts
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