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House of Kastarti
Andreadis
Country Kormenia
Parent house Arganis
Almodia
Titles Emperor of Kormenia
Founded 1902
Founder Demetrios Kastarti
Final ruler Manuel III
Current head None
Dissolution 2008
Cadet branches House of Sagona
House of Doukas
The Kastarti, or Castiorta were a 18th and 19th century Kormenian noble family. This family controlled the region around Dabar (modern Transpatrion) at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century. The most notable member was Emmanuel I, regarded as the first emperor of Kormenia.

Origins

Kastarti who was a kephale of Kanina in 1868 was the first member of the Kastarti family mentioned in historical documents. In the 18th century Kastarti family was one of the less powerful noble families in Kormenia, whose power and influence was far less than those of aristocratic families near the king, as the Almedian, Olitaris and Kangaphas.

The Kastarti were first mentioned in 1794. According to Parsian sources, the family originated from Kastrat in north Kormenia. According to Choniates, they originate from western Cispatria.

Elevation to nobility

The Kastarti, unlike other families, did not have a long history as nobility. The first nobleman was Demetrios Kastarti, who held Sina and Lower Gardhi as "Lord of Sina and Gardhi", or it was possibly a Kastarti, who was the kephale of Kanina in 1868.

Demetrios Kastarti had three sons: Giorgios, Konstantinos and Alexios who who later have Emmanuel Kastarti, the descendant of Demetrios. Aleksa Kastarti controlled three villages. Konstantinos was protovestiarios of Serina near Beretea.

He managed to expand his territory but was ultimately subdued by the invading Mauryans. The most notable member was Emmanuel Kastarti, after defeating the Kormenian nobles in the capital, he marched and defeat the invading Mauryans in Battle of Dadgori, proclaimed as hero of Korimis and Emperor of Kormenia. renowned in Ruthene folklore for his fight against the Mauryan forces and humble origins.

The last member of Kastarti was Manuel III (2002-2008) who assumed his government to the age of 12 and died by measles at the age of 16.

Other Branches

The branch of the Sagona (or Sogona) descent from Ioannes († 2180), nephew of Thomas I, the son of the latter's brother Bernardos Sagona and later the second Imperial family.

Other house was Doukas in minor importance, many female Kastarti married with Doukas forming a minor dynasty called Kastarti-Doukas, who lived until 2402 when merged with Doukas family.

See also

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