The Armenian Kingdom in Cilicia During the Crusades: The Integration of Cilician Armenians with the Latins, 1080-1393

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Psychology Press, 2000 - History - 256 pages
This unique study bridges the history of the Crusades with the history of Armenian nationalism and Christianity. To the Crusaders, Armenian Christians presented the only reliable allies in Anatolia and Asia Minor, and were pivotal in the founding of the Crusader principalities of Edessa, Antioch, Jerusalem and Tripoli. The Anatolian kingdom of Cilicia was founded by the Roupenian dynasty (mid 10th to late 11th century), and grew under the collective rule of the Hetumian dynasty (late 12th to mid 14th century). After confrontations with Byzantium, the Seljuks and the Mongols, the Second Crusade led to the crowning of the first Cilician king despite opposition from Byzantium. Following the Third Crusade, power shifted in Cilicia to the Lusignans of Cyprus (mid to late 14th century), culminating in the final collapse of the kingdom at the hands of the Egyptian Mamluks.

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When looking for works dealing with the Crusader period, one can find many that offer Western perspectives and even several decisive accounts from an Eastern, namely Arab perspective. Few, however ... Read full review

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Excellent work documenting the case Armenians were not just spectators but also heavily involved as a safe bastion for Christendom to establish a far east base.
Also the marriage of queen morphia
(daughter of armenian nobleman) to crusader king Baldwin. The connection and consequences of bringing Latin, Greek, and western influences were invaluable to Armenia. Who still have their roots extremely inculcated into the culture and design of structures (like a Greek pantheon)  


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The heritage of the new kingdom
The kingdom and its kings 11991289 The Hetumian dynasty
The new inheritance
Cyprus A stepping stone
monarchy Hugh III of Cyprus 126784
The last Latin connections
End of a kingdom
Notes 239

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