Roger of Lauria ( c. 1245 – 17 January 1305) was a Calabrian admiral in Aragonese service, who was the commander of the fleet of the Crown of Aragon during the War of the Sicilian Vespers. He was probably the most successful and talented naval tactician of the Middle Ages.
Roger of Lauria (c. 1250 – 1305): ‘Admiral of Admirals’ could just as well have been entitled The Tale of the Forgotten Admiral and the Throne of Trinacria.
The naval Battle of the Gulf of Naples took place on 5 June 1284 in the south of the Gulf of Naples, Italy, when an Aragonese-Sicilian galley fleet commanded by Roger of Lauria defeated a Neapolitan galley fleet commanded by Charles of Salerno (later Charles II of Naples) and captured Charles.
The title ‘Admiral of Admirals’ was an actual honorific first applied in 1133 by King Roger II of Sicily in its Latin form ( amiratus amiratorum) to his gifted adviser, George of Antioch.¹ Amiratus was derived from the Arabic word amir (‘emir’), literally meaning ‘commander’.
Roger of Lauria (c. 1250–1305), Admiral of Admirals by C. D. Stanton, Boydell Press, 2019, £61.75, 336 pages, illustrations, bibliography, index, isbn 9781783274536
Roger of Lauria, in Italian Ruggiero di Lauria (c. 1245 – 17 January 1305), was a Sicilian admiral in Aragonese service, who was the commander of the fleet of Aragon during the War of the Sicilian Vespers.
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His son Roger of Lauria was a famous admiral of the 13th century. In 1806 the city was destroyed and the population slaughtered by the French soldiers under general André Masséna, as punishment for having supported the Bourbon kings. Geography
THE WAR OF THE SICILIAN VESPERS subtly shifted westward the fulcrum of power in the medieval Mediterranean, and the Catalan fleet under Roger of Lauria served as a strong catalyst for that realignment.
The role of Roger of Lauria was to establish the supremacy of the Catalan-Sicilian fleet over the Angevins, due to his incredible strategic ability and to the quality of his fleet, compound by almugavars (devastators in Arabic) and by the Catalans crossbowmen, considered the most feared in all Europe.