Η ΑΠΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΩΣΗ ΤΩΝ ΔΟΥΛΟΠΑΡΟΙΚΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΒΕΝΕΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΥΜΕΝΗΣ ΚΡΗΤΗΣ ΣΤΙΣ ΑΡΧΕΣ ΤΟΥ 15ου ΑΙΩΝΑ. Κοινωνικό κίνημα ή ατομικές επιδιώξεις;
At an archives source of the beginning of the 15th century (1415),found at the Archivio di Stato di Venezia, mention is made of the liberationof the villeins of Crete. Fr. Thiriet who has published a summary of thissource - which he has also used in his basic work tilled La Romanie Vénitienne- believes that the above source refers to an organized and bold movementthat had then spread all over Crete and whose goal was the total liberationof the island's villeins. However, from a careful examination of the sourcecombined with information from other published documents, it becomesclear that we are not dealing here with a liberation movement but withappeals to the Venatian courts on the part of certain villeins who wereaiming at winning their freedom, which they had been illegally deprived ofby the feudal lords of the island.