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Greeks, Latins, and the Church in Early Frankish Cyprus

1st Edition

By Christopher D. Schabel


346 pages

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Hardback: 9781409400929
pub: 2010-05-28
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The studies here deal with the first half of the period of almost four centuries (1191-1571) when Greeks, Latins, and other groups coexisted on the island of Cyprus. Under the French-speaking Lusignan dynasty, the Kingdom of Cyprus gradually evolved from a fragmented cluster of indigenous and alien linguistic and religious communities to a more unified yet still multicultural society of Cypriots by the end of the reign of King Hugh IV (1324-59), a process that was redirected in the wake of the Genoese invasion in the 1370s. The ecclesiastical history of Early Frankish Cyprus has traditionally been seen as one long national (Greek) struggle against foreign (Latin) efforts at forced doctrinal and ritual assimilation. In this volume Dr Schabel presents a more nuanced view, with new interpretations of general trends and specific events in the history of the Greek and Latin clergies on the island, the involvement of the crown, the papacy, and the eastern and western emperors, and the relations among these groups and individuals.


'These are perceptive papers, and, together with the appearance of the Bullarium, they mark a significant enhancement in our understanding of the first two centuries of Lusignan rule in Cyprus.' Crusades '… a very rich and useful collection.' Catholic Historical Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The status of the Greek clergy in early Frankish Cyprus; The myth of Queen Alice and the subjugation of the Greek clergy of Cyprus; Martyrs and heretics, intolerance of intolerance: the execution of 13 monks in Cyprus in 1231; The Greek bishops of Cyprus, 1260-1340, and the Synodikon Kyprion; The Latin bishops of Cyprus, 1255-1313, with a note on Bishop Neophytos of Solea; Frankish Pyrgos and the Cistercians; The inquisition against Peter de Castro, Vicar of the Dominican province of the Holy Land in Nicosia, Cyprus, 1330 (with Christina Kaoulla); Elias of Nabinaux, archbishop of Nicosia, and the intellectual history of later medieval Cyprus; Archbishop Elias and the Synodicum Nicosiense; Hugh the Just: the further rehabilitation of King Hugh IV Lusignan of Cyprus; Addenda and corrigenda; Name index.

About the Author

Christopher D Schabel is Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus, Cyprus.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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