There he grew up and developed, and there he created his unique human and national way of existence in an organic, indissoluble environment and unbroken relationship between people, earth and history.
With epic tenacity in terms of place and time, the people of Charles of Anjou and Skanderbeg shaped their national identity. His steadfast stamina in his own defense has reached supernatural levels, because despite the ambitions, the lust and the armed invasions which have deprived this people of the possibility of political independence, and which have been provoked by the attraction of this ancient earth and its crucial position on the crossed borders of powerful nations and civilizations, it is the constancy with which the people adhered to the land which gave this land its identity and which impregnated its people with the national spirit.
On 21 February 1272, Prince King Charles I of Anjou, younger brother of King St. Louis was elected he and his successors to reign the kingdom and the lordship of Albania.
A delegation of Albanian noblemen and citizens from Durrës made their way to Charles’ court. Charles signed a treaty with them and was proclaimed King of Albania “by common consent of the bishops, counts, barons, soldiers and citizens” promising to protect them and to honor the privileges they had from Byzantine Empire.