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Marco II Sanudo

Marco II Sanudo (died ca. 1303) was the third Duke of the Archipelago from 1262 to his death.[1]


Marco was the eldest son and successor of Angelo Sanudo. According to The Latins in the Levant. A History of Frankish Greece (1204-1566) (1908) by William Miller, his mother was "a French dame of high degree", daughter of Macaire de Saint-Ménéhould. In 1262, his mother reportedly welcomed Baldwin II of Courtenay who was attempting to reclaim the throne of the Latin Empire.[2]

His paternal grandfather and namesake was Marco I Sanudo.[3] According to Miller, Marco II's maternal grandmother was "Laskaraina", a woman of the Laskaris family. Miller identified her as a sister of Constantine Laskaris and Theodore I Laskaris. He based this theory on his own interpretation of Italian chronicles. The "Dictionnaire historique et Généalogique des grandes familles de Grèce, d'Albanie et de Constantinople" (1983) by Mihail-Dimitri Sturdza rejected the theory, based on the silence of Byzantine primary sources.[4]


Marco lost some of his islands to the Byzantine Empire early in his reign, but he recovered them two decades later, in time to leave the whole of the original duchy to his son William I.


Marco II had at least two known children. The identity of his wife is unknown. The children were:[5]


  • Setton, Kenneth M. (general editor) A History of the Crusades: Volume II — The Later Crusades, 1189 – 1311. Robert Lee Wolff and Harry W. Hazard, editors. University of Wisconsin Press: Milwaukee, 1969.


  • Ancestry of Sultana Nur-Banu (Cecilia Venier-Baffo)
Preceded by
Duke of the Archipelago
Succeeded by
William I

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