When Venice ceded Shkodra to the Ottomans in , Barleti escaped to Italy where he would become a scholar of history, classical literature and the Latin language. Soon after Barleti arrived in Venice, he was given a stall at the Rialto meat market as a temporary means of financial aid. In became a priest after his theological studies in Venice and Padova, and soon was appointed to serve at St. Barleti wrote this work as an eyewitness. Because of his famous exploits he was surnamed Scanderbeg, that is, Alexander the Great.
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Barleti wrote this work as an eyewitness. Because of his famous exploits he was surnamed Scanderbeg, that is, Alexander the Great. It was first published in Rome between and 2nd ed. Unlike The Siege of Shkodra, Barleti relied on the testimonies of others to produce this work.
The History of Scanderbeg is considered an Albanian cultural treasure, vital to the formation of Albanian national self-consciousness. The Serbian language version is the major part and the first manuscript of the Cetinje chronicle. The confusion has been elucidated by Thomas Reinesius and Apostolo Zeno. While Barletius in his works calls himself "sacerdotis Scodrensis" priest of Scodra , Becichemi professes himself married and a "father of boys", professor of Ragusa, Brescia, and Padua, neither of which applies to Barletius.
It is still popular among romanticist and nationalist historians. Modern historical research on Skenderbeg relies more on archival records than on Barletius. Also, a university in Tirana, Albania has been established under his name.
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