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The Teutonic Order in Cyprus ca.1197-1250

As a new military order, the Teutonic Order was one of these military orders and they established themselves in the latter half of 1190’s in Cyprus.

Two hegemonies, one island: Cyprus as a ‘Middle Ground’ between the Byzantines and the Arabs (650-850 A.D.)

This paper aims to assess the political and cultural status of the island of Cyprus as the only place within the Mediterranean where Christian heirs of Romans and Muslims shared the local tax revenue to create a buffer zone between two empires.

Sodomy and the Knights Templar

In this article, I will analyze testimony relevant to the charges of the Inquisition that members of the order of Knights Templar throughout Christendom practiced homosexual acts of various sorts from illicit kisses to sodomy.

The Greek Church of Cyprus under Latin Rule

When Western Europeans took over the island of Cyprus in 1191, did it lead to religious turmoil between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches?

Cross relationships between Cyprus and the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in the Teutonic Military Order Tradition

This article will shed new light on the relationships and connections that developed between members of the Teutonic Order based in the Kingdom of Jerusalem and various elements of the population on the island of Cyprus.

Female Dress in Cyprus during the Medieval Period

Cyprus offers ample evidence for the way people dressed in medieval times. Such testimony is preserved in a variety of media: frescoes, icons, effigial slabs and manuscripts.

Cultural Interactions in Cyprus 1191-1571: Byzantine and Italian Art

Cyprus was one of the most important ports of the Byzantine Empire, and became even more significant for the control of the Eastern Mediterranean after the conquest of Asia Minor by the Seljuk Turks following the fall of Manzikert in 1071.

Ship Construction in Cyprus 1325-6

Ship Construction in Cyprus 1325-6 By Sarah Arenson TROPIS Symposia Proceedings, Vol.2 (1987) Introduction: Our knowledge of ship construction in the Middle Ages has been widened considerably since underwater archaeology became a scientific discipline. Nevertheless, the data supplied by wrecks and other material evidence, such as illustrations, coins and seals, are hardly matched by the […]

Saint Peter and Paul Church (Sinan Pasha Mosque), Famagusta: A Forgotten Gothic Moment in Northern Cyprus

Saint Peter and Paul Church (Sinan Pasha Mosque), Famagusta: A Forgotten Gothic Moment in Northern Cyprus Walsh, Michael Inferno, Volume IX, 2004 Abstract When Pope Urban II called the Council of Clermont in 1095, and in so doing ordered the start of the Crusades to the Holy Land, it was neither obvious nor predictable what […]

The Templar Trials: Did the System Work?

Although the trials in general were held with enormous personal expenditures and by obviously careful observation of procedural rules, the ’system did not really work’; it was undermined by the dynamics of a legal instrument (that is, torture), which in the end was based on the use of violence.

The role of castles in the political and military history of the Crusader States and the Levant 1187 to 1380

This thesis deals with the various functions of Latin and Armenian fortifications in Cilician Armenia, Greece, Cyprus, Syria and Palestine between 1187 and c.1380.

Architectural Styles and Ethnic Identity in Medieval to Modern Cyprus

Architectural Styles and Ethnic Identity in Medieval to Modern Cyprus By Michael Given Archaeological perspectives on the transmission and transformation of culture in the Eastern Mediterranean, edited by Joanne Clarke (Oxbow Books, 2005) Abstract: Archaeologists and art historians have often attempted to identify ethnic groups by means of specific stylistic traits in their art and […]

Patrons and painters on Cyprus : the frescoes in the Royal Chapel at Pyrga

Patrons and painters on Cyprus : the frescoes in the Royal Chapel at Pyrga By Jens T. Wollesen Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. 2010 ISBN: 978–0–88844–169–0 The fresco decoration of the Royal Chapel in Pyrga on Cyprus is usually dated 1421. The coat of arms featuring the Cross of Jerusalem and the lion rampant […]

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