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CLAUDE DELAVAL COBHAM
Exerpta Cypria
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his own, and sending transports to exact a supply of victuals. Finally he sold it to those arrogant and vicious Knights Templar for 200 Htrets of gold : and they in turn sold it to Guy de Lusignan, who was seeking compensation for the loss of his own throne in Palestine. The Latin Kings who ruled in Cyprus wore these :— 1191 Guy 1104 Amanry 1205 Hugues I. 1218 Henri I. 12-53 Hugues II. 1207 Hugues ΙΙΓ. 1284 Jean I. 12S5 Henri II. 1315 HugnesTV. 1352 Pierre I. 1371 Pierre II. 1383 Jacques 1410 Jean II. 1431 Jean III. 1458 Charlotte (crowned"and expelled about 14G7) Jacques (the bastard, died about 1473) Jacques (the child, died about 1475) The house of Lusignan kept the throne of Cyprus for 232 years, until the time of Jacques the bastard. Jean III. died, leaving his daughter Charlotte "heir to his crown. She married Louis, Count of Genoa, second son of the Duke of Savoy; but her bastard brother Jacques, forgetting the irregularity of his birth, revolted against his sister, drove her from the throne, assumed the royal crown and mantle, aud was proclaimed king by the soldiery aud nobles. Not long after he married Catherina, daughter of Mark Cornaro, a Venetian, and died. She bore a posthumous son, called also Jacques, who died when scarcely two years old. Catherina was compelled to confer on the Venetians the sovereignty of Cyprus, although Charlotte was still living, and lawful heir to the throne. She had taken refuge at Rome, and died there about 1487, learing an empty title to the Kings of Sardinia, who still bear the useless addition of Kings of Cyprus. It would be impossible to describe at length the spiritual and bodily sufferings of this pious people under the Latin rule. Force, sophistry, threats were daily used against the Orthodox: they were daily oppressed, and their clergy harassed. Some of the bishops and priests were driven into heterodoxy: others, like Archbishop Esaias, fled into far lands: others again, who refused to conform, like the Archbishop Ncophytus, were banished. Moreover they compelled the priests and monks, with their congregations, to conform to the Latin rite, and communicate with thein, and to acknowledge the Pope. Those who submitted were left at peace, the recusants were openly chastised wath bonds and imprisonment. Some they tied to the tails of horses, which dragged them over rough and rocky places till they died. The chief men of the island were burnt on a huge pile, and earned by their constancy to the Truth the crown of martyrdom: among whom was the Very Reverend Abbot of Toupoi, loannes. The Venetian Senate ruled Cyprus till 1571, iu which year began another era of slavery, when the island, once so fertile, became a part of the Empire of the Ottoman Sultan, Selim II. CONCERNING SUNDRY WISN MEN, DISTINGUISHED FOB VIRTUE AND LEARNING, WHO ADOBXED THIS ISLAND AFTER THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. Barnabas, the Apostle. Read Iiis life. Spyridon, the wonder-worker, likewise. John, called, from the lavish alms he bestowed on the needy, the merciful, born in Amathus. After the death of his wife aud children, about A.D. 601, he was, for the holiness 320 EXCERPTA CYPRIA.

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