Sabine Rogge, Michael Grünbart (eds.), Medieval Cyprus - A Place of Cultural Encounter, Conference Münster, 6-8 December 2012
Schriften des Instituts für Interdisziplinäre Zypern-Studien, vol. 11
(Münster: Waxmann 2015)

In December 2012 a group of scholars met in Münster to present their recent studies on issues related to the multifaceted history and culture of medieval Cyprus – and most of the papers presented at that conference are published in this volume. Several deal with the (political) history of the island: the reign of Isaakios Komnenos, the effects of the crusade of King Peter I in 1365, the so-called Ottoman-Venetian war. An overall look at the three volumes of the Bullarium Cyprium is given. Aspects of economic life in medieval Cyprus are treated in three papers: organisation, management and economic activities of monastic estates in the Middle Byzantine period, medieval cane sugar production on the island, the commerce between the islands of Cyprus, Majorca and Sardinia. Papers on a major ecclesiastical complex dating from the early 7th century, on Cypriot artefacts of the 13th and 14th centuries used in daily life, on luxury metal objects from the Lusignan period, and on some rather disparate elements of 15th-century architecture in Cyprus give insights into the material culture of medieval Cyprus – and the topics of settlement patterns and insularity are treated in a paper on the successive relocations of the capital of the island of Cyprus from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages.


  • Michael Grünbart, How to Become an Emperor: The Ascension of Isaakios Komnenos (of Cyprus)
  • Peter Edbury, Ernoul, Eracles and the Beginnings of Frankish Rule in Cyprus, 1191–1232
  • K. Scott Parker, Peter I de Lusignan (1359–1369), the Crusade of 1365, and the Oriental Christians in Cyprus and the Mamluk Sultanate
  • Alexander Beihammer, The Kingdom of Cyprus in the First Ottoman-Venetian War (1463–1479): Aspects of its Military and Political Significance
  • Christopher Schabel, The Bullarium Cyprium: The Ongoing Mission
  • Tassos Papacostas, Monastic Estates in the Middle Byzantine Period: Evidence from Cyprus for Local and Overseas Landowners
  • Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou, Sugar Mills and Sugar Production in Medieval Cyprus
  • Nicholas Coureas, Islands East and West: Commerce between Cyprus, Majorca and Sardinia in the Early Fourteenth Century
  • Eleni Procopiou, The Excavations at Akrotiri-Katalymata ton Plakoton 2007–2014
  • Maria Parani, Living in a Sweet Land: The Material Culture of Daily Life on Cyprus, 13th–14th Centuries
  • Joanita Vroom, Strike a Pose: Human Representations and Gestures on Medieval Ceramics from Cyprus (ca. 13th–15th/16th centuries)
  • Ulrike Ritzerfeld, The Language of Power: Transgressing Borders in Luxury Metal Objects of the Lusignan
  • Michalis Olympios, Resting in Pieces: Gothic Architecture in Cyprus in the Long Fifteenth Century
  • Myrto Veikou, One Island, three Capitals – Insularity and the Successive Relocations of the Capital of Cyprus from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages

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