PANAYIOTOPOULOS Vassilis, Konstantinos Kantiotis from Corfu. A minor member of Filiki Eteria, fighter for the Greek Revolution
The task of reconstituting the history of a person that belongs to the middle strata of innumerable patriots that prepared the Greek Revolution in 1821 constitutes a complicated historiographical challenge. In this monograph, an experienced historian investigates and highlights a member of Filiki Eteria without having the recourse of a personal archive.
Konstantinos Kantiotis was born in Corfu, studied in Padua, married in Saint Petersburg in 1820 and died around 1840. He was a seneschal, a state official who lived and traveled in Europe, in the shadow of the great men of the Greek Revolution; he participated in revolutionary plans, he shared common expectations, he experienced ambiguous feelings and friendships. Evidence regarding his life achievements is unclear, and thus, his history is being reconstructed through other people’s testimonies. The sole sample of his handwriting was found as a note in a letter of Ignatius of Hungary-Walachia in 1821.
Vassilis Panagiotopoulos reveals and follows Kantiotis’ relations, his trips and activities in Corfu, in Trieste, in Vienna, in Kishinev, in Constantinople, in Petersburg alongside the glorious men of this period and of his circle, men such as Alexandros and Dimitrios Ypsilantis, Ioannis Kapodistrias, Prince Alexandros Kantakouzinos and his brother in law Emmanouil Xanthos. Through this original monograph, the author uses his extensive knowledge of historical sources to show us a new way to interpret the historical era of 1821.