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Orthodox Cyprus under the Latins, 1191-1571 : Society, Spirituality, and Identities, Paperback / softback Book

Orthodox Cyprus under the Latins, 1191-1571 : Society, Spirituality, and Identities Paperback / softback

Part of the Byzantium: A European Empire and Its Legacy series

Paperback / softback


Medieval and Renaissance Cyprus was a fascinating place of ethnic, cultural, and religious encounters.

Following almost nine centuries of Byzantine rule, Cyprus was conquered by the Crusaders in 1191, becoming (until 1571) the most important stronghold of Latin Christianity in the Eastern Mediterranean-first under the Frankish dynasty of the Lusignans, and later under the Venetians.

Modern historiographical readings of Cypriot identity in medieval and early modern times have been colored by British colonialism, Greek nationalism, and Cyprocentric revisionism.

Although these perspectives have offered valuable insights into the historical experience of Latin-ruled Cypriots, they have partially failed to capture the dynamics of noncoercive resistance to domination, and of identity preservation and adaptation. Orthodox Cyprus under the Latins, 1191-1571 readdresses the question of Cypriot identity by focusing on the Greek Cypriots, the island's largest community during the medieval and early modern period.

By bringing together theories from the fields of psychology, social anthropology, and sociology, this study explores continuities and discontinuities in the Byzantine culture and religious tradition of Cyprus, proposing a new methodological framework for a more comprehensive understanding of Cypriot Orthodoxy under Crusader and Venetian rule.

A discussion of fresh evidence from hitherto unpublished primary sources enriches this examination, stressing the role of medieval and Renaissance Cyprus as cultural and religious province of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine Orthodox world.


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