Book Series Mediterranean Nexus 1100-1700, vol. 8


Vol. II: History and Society

Gilles Grivaud, Angel Nicolaou-Konnari, Christopher Schabel (eds)

  • Pages: 912 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:115 col., 13 tables b/w., 3 maps b/w
  • Language(s):English, French
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59041-7
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The political, social, economic, and ecclesiastical history of the city of Famagusta in Cyprus in medieval and early modern times (late 12th to late 16th century) and its image in retrospect


“It will certainly provide many scholars with crucial details and inspiration for more scholarship on the extraordinary city of Famagusta for years to come.” (  Justine M. Andrews and Jackson O. Larson, in The Medieval Review, 25/12/2021)


Gilles Grivaud is Professor of Medieval History at the Université de Normandie-Rouen. He has published extensively on Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus.

Angel Nicolaou-Konnari is Associate Professor of the History of Hellenism under Latin Rule at the University of Cyprus. Her research focuses on various aspects of the history of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus.

Chris Schabel is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Cyprus, specialising in later medieval intellectual history and the Latin East. 


This is the second of two volumes on the history and archaeology of the port city of Famagusta in Cyprus from the beginning of the island’s Frankish rule in 1191 to the Ottoman conquest in 1571. The first volume, entitled Art and Architecture and edited by Annemarie Weyl Carr, was published in this series in 2014.

The volume provides a comprehensive survey of the four-century history of Famagusta under Frankish, Genoese, and Venetian rule down to the Ottoman siege and conquest, supplemented by an account of the image of the medieval and Renaissance city in retrospect. Based on original research and often using unpublished sources, fourteen acknowledged specialists study Famagusta’s political, social, economic, and ecclesiastical history from a multi- and interdisciplinary approach that involves aspects such as institutional continuities and discontinuities, military and spatial organisation, religious and cultural exchanges, gender roles, and the city’s image in travelogues, literature and art. Such an approach allows a better understanding of the evolution of the ethnically and religiously diverse Famagustian society from a rich commercial centre under the Lusignans to an enclave under the Genoese and a military outpost under the Venetians.



Gilles Grivaud, Introduction

Part I. Frankish Famagusta 1191-1373/4

Peter W. Edbury, Famagusta and the Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus, 1192-1374

Jean Richard, Famagouste dans les institutions du royaume de Chypre et la question du bailliage royal

David Jacoby, The Economy of Frankish Famagusta, 1191-1373

Part II. Genoese Famagusta 1373/74-1464

Catherine Otten-Froux, Famagouste sous la domination génoise (1374-1464)

Laura Balletto, Économie et commerce à Chypre pendant la période génoise

Svetlana Bliznyuk, Famagusta on Guard

Part III. Frankish and Genoese Famagusta

Alexander Beihammer, La population de Famagouste (XIIIe-XVe siècle)

Michel Balard, Syrian Christian Communities in Medieval Famagusta

Chris Schabel, The Ecclesiastical History of Lusignan and Genoese Famagusta

Part IV. Venetian Famagusta 1474-1571

Gilles Grivaud, Martiale et marcienne, Famagouste entre 1474-1571

Part V. Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta

Panos Leventis, Fragmentation and Unity

Angel Nicolaou-Konnari, Women in Medieval Famagusta

Part VI. Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta in Retrospect

Lucie Bonato, Famagouste dans la littérature des voyageurs français

Rita Severis, Famagusta : With Pencils, Brush, and Palette

Maps and Illustrations

List of Abbreviations



List of Contributors