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From: "M.Sjostrom" <>
Subject: Cataviddutta, in Sicily
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 09:53:58 -0700 (PDT)


once upon time in early modern era, there existed a principality of Caltabellotta in southwestern coast of Sicily,
also rendered as Cataviddotta.

It was location for a famous peace treaty, in 1302.

My notes of the hereditary family:

Gulielmo de Peralta (d 1286) was a catalan knight, and possibly an 'extra' son of the Peralta barons in Ribagorza - i.e, probably younger son.
His brother was Ramon de Peralta, who was in some way prominent:

Ramon de Peralta figura entre els consellers del rei en la promulgació dels furs de València el 1250. El 1274 acompanyà l'infant Pere a Tarassona, amb altres consellers, en les negociacions amb els navarresos per a obtenir la successió en llur regne per a Jaume I, tal com havia estat estipulat. El 1277 es mantingué fidel al rei en la insurrecció nobiliària, l'ajudà a contenir la invasió del comtat d'Urgell per part del comte de Foix i intervingué en les negociacions amb aquest. En el decenni del 1290 Jaume II li tornà a discutir la possessió dels castells de Montmagastre, Purroi, Gavasa, Rocafort i Pelegrinyó i uns drets a Saidí i a Geminell que Pere el Gran li havia donat com a penyora de 3 500 monedes d'or que li havia manllevat. A més d'aquests llocs, posseïa també el castell de Tamarit de Llitera en feu pel rei. Degué morir sense descendència, perquè la successió

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Ramon de Peralta's and Gulielmo de Peralta's father, Guillem de Peralta, was seemingly that one who married Marquesa de Urgell, daughter of Ponc de Cabrera, count of Urgell.
However I have chronological suspicions against Marquesa being mother of either Ramon or Gulielmo. Still, that said, I guess a filiation to marquesa is not totally impossible, just tight.... [there's the concern that marquesa's baptismal name was given to a granddaughter of said Gulielmo de Peralta, of Cataviddotta descent]


Gulielmo de Peralta however was son of Guillem de Peralta, himself son of Ramon de Peralta (fl 1226..1236), whose father was Guillem de Peralta (fl 1212). These were noblemen in the Urgell.


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when Sicily starts to featire in this line:

Gulielmo de Peralta (d 1286), the mentioned catalan knight, probably younger son,
plausibly was in the hordes of Pere III the Great, king of Aragon, when he went to obtain his wife Constance's land of Sicily in 1282 and so.
I have not encountered any mention that Gulielmo was anything prominent, there in Sicilian campaigns or otherwise. Neither have I actually seen any proper evidence that already he held Cataviddutta. Though, it's quite possible that he had it as fief....

Gulielmo seems not to have left surviving sons - and his brother Ranon seemingly had no children.

It is so that Gulielmo's daughter, Sibila de Peralta (d aft 1320), is mentioned as her uncle's heiress.
Sibila de Peralta appears to have spent lot of her life in sardinia and generally in the island empire of the western Mediterranean. Already her father would have been in Sicily.
The prospective heiress Sibila was, in c1292, married to queen Constance's close kinsman, Filippo de Saluzzo, a younger son of Luigia del Vasto and her husband, Tommaso, marquess of Saluzzo, who seemingly was half-brother of queen Constance. Filippo is known to have served as governor in Sardinia. Filippo descended from some Sardinian native 'princesses'.

The young couple went on to have kids. One son was baptized with the same name as the young mother's wealthy and prominent uncle - the boy became Raimondo (as it is rendered in italian dialects), and one daughter was baptized as Marquesa. There was also a daughter Constanza (who was to become the Princess-Consort of Arboree in Sardinia), and a daughter Elianora.

Descents from some children of Sibila and Filippo:

* from Marquesa: http://genealogics.org/descend.php?personID=I00341313&tree=LEO

* from Elianora (who married a lord of Castre):
http://genealogics.org/descend.php?personID=I00460132&tree=LEO

The son, Raimondo de Saluzzo de Peralta, became Count of Cataviddotta, and was prominent in the island kingdom of Sicily, in first half of 1300s:
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raimondo_Peralta
http://www.enciclopedia.cat/fitxa_v2.jsp?NDCHEC=0050042

The county of Cataviddutta was inherited in his line, and priduced for example following descendants:
http://genealogics.org/descend.php?personID=I00460710&tree=LEO
http://genealogics.org/descend.php?personID=I00460714&tree=LEO
[in fullness of time, the line received rincely and ducal titles]

as well as these, descending from daughter(s) who married to the line of counts of Agosta and Aderno:
http://genealogics.org/descend.php?personID=I00460708&tree=LEO
http://genealogics.org/descend.php?personID=I00457704&tree=LEO
http://genealogics.org/descend.php?personID=I00114787&tree=LEO






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