Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta

Studies in Architecture, Art and History

Author: Peter W. Edbury

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351918648

Category: Art

Page: 388

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There was a time seven centuries ago when Famagusta's wealth and renown could be compared to that of Venice or Constantinople. The Cathedral of St Nicholas in the main square of Famagusta, serving as the coronation place for the Crusader Kings of Jerusalem after the fall of Acre in 1291, symbolised both the sophistication and permanence of the French society that built it. From the port radiated impressive commercial activity with the major Mediterranean trade centres, generating legendary wealth, cosmopolitanism, and hedonism, unsurpassed in the Levant. These halcyon days were not to last, however, and a 15th century observer noted that, following the Genoese occupation of the city, 'a malignant devil has become jealous of Famagusta'. When Venice inherited the city, it reconstructed the defences and had some success in revitalising the city's economy. But the end for Venetian Famagusta came in dramatic fashion in 1571, following a year long siege by the Ottomans. Three centuries of neglect followed which, combined with earthquakes, plague and flooding, left the city in ruins. The essays collected in this book represent a major contribution to the study of Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta and its surviving art and architecture and also propose a series of strategies for preserving the city's heritage in the future. They will be of particular interest to students and scholars of Gothic, Byzantine and Renaissance art and architecture, and to those of the Crusades and the Latin East, as well as the Military Orders. After an introductory chapter surveying the history of Famagusta and its position in the cultural mosaic that is the Eastern Mediterranean, the opening section provides a series of insights into the history and historiography of the city. There follow chapters on the churches and their decoration, as well as the military architecture, while the final section looks at the history of conservation efforts and assesses the work that now needs to be done.

The Armenian Church of Famagusta and the Complexity of Cypriot Heritage

Prayers Long Silent

Author: Michael J.K. Walsh

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319485024

Category: History

Page: 369

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This book explores seven centuries of change in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean world through the rise and fall of Famagusta’s medieval Armenian Church. An examination of the complex and its art escorts the reader from the era of the Crusades in Lusignan Cyprus, through the rise and fall of the Venetian, Ottoman and British Empires, to the political stasis of the present day. The Armenian church was a home for displaced villagers during the post-independence era, became a military storage facility post-1974 and eventually fell into abandonment once again. This study represents a pioneering history of the Armenian community in Famagusta and a probing analysis of the art and architecture it left behind. It is also a permanent record of the long-term engagement and commitment of Nanyang Technological University Singapore, the World Monuments Fund, and the Famagusta Municipality to protect this precious site, under extremely challenging circumstances.

Medieval Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond

Author: David Jacoby

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351583689

Category: History

Page: 362

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The articles in this collection cover the region extending from Italy to the Black Sea and to Egypt, over a period of seven centuries, with an emphasis on the considerable economic and social interaction between the West and the regions of the Eastern Mediterranean. They represent key works in the oeuvre of David Jacoby, the doyen of scholars in the field over many decades.


Author: Benjamin Z. Kedar,Jonathan Phillips,Jonathan Riley-Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351985507

Category: History

Page: 374

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Crusades covers seven hundred years from the First Crusade (1095-1102) to the fall of Malta (1798) and draws together scholars working on theatres of war, their home fronts and settlements from the Baltic to Africa and from Spain to the Near East and on theology, law, literature, art, numismatics and economic, social, political and military history. Routledge publishes this journal for The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East. Particular attention is given to the publication of historical sources in all relevant languages - narrative, homiletic and documentary - in trustworthy editions, but studies and interpretative essays are welcomed too. Crusades appears in both print and online editions.

City of Empires

Ottoman and British Famagusta

Author: Michael J. K. Walsh

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443884065

Category: Political Science

Page: 420

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Despite its undoubted importance, there has never been a volume dedicated entirely to studies of the historic city of Famagusta in the years which followed the siege of 1571. City of Empires: Ottoman and British Famagusta takes an important first step in redressing this imbalance. The four centuries which followed the conflict, as the contributions gathered here demonstrate, are rich research seams for scholars of history, urban design, photography, art history, literature, drama, military history and the post-war mandates. City of Empires also places emphasis on the tangible heritage of Famagusta – twice listed as endangered by World Monuments Fund and now the recipient of an increasing number of international efforts to protect it.

Crusading and Warfare in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Author: Norman Housley

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing


Category: History

Page: 346

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These studies span the period from the origins of the crusading movement in the 11th century until its final active phase during the Renaissance. Some of the articles spring from Norman Housley's work on crusading against Christian heretics, mercenary companies and lay powers which were involved in conflict with the Church. Others reflect his interest in the way crusading developed after the fall of the Holy Land to the Muslims in 1291. A third group looks at other forms taken by religious warfare in Europe during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Certain themes recur throughout. One is the variety of ways in which war in God's name was portrayed and justified. Another is the conflict of interest brought about by the diversity of crusading in the period from c.1200 onwards. Above all, the author shows the complexity, longevity and significance of a movement whose impact on medieval society was massive and whose repercussions were profound.

Medieval and Renaissance art

people and possessions

Author: Glyn Davies,Kirstin Kennedy

Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum


Category: Art

Page: 319

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Offers a visual survey of the museum's medieval and Renaissance collections through common themes, and describes how wealth and European society influenced the art created.

Black Africans in Renaissance Europe

Author: Thomas Foster Earle,Earle, Thomas Foster Earle,T. F. Earle,K. J. P. Lowe,Senior Lecturer in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies K J P Lowe

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521815826

Category: History

Page: 417

View: 5445


This book, first published in 2005, opens up the much neglected area of the black African presence in Western Europe during the Renaissance. Covering history, literature, art history and anthropology, it investigates a whole range of black African experience and representation across Renaissance Europe, from various types of slavery to black musicians and dancers, from real and symbolic Africans at court to the view of the Catholic Church, and from writers of African descent to black African 'criminality'. The main purpose of the collection is to show the variety and complexity of black African life in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe, and how it was affected by firmly held preconceptions relating to the African continent and its inhabitants. Of enormous importance for both European and American history, this book mixes empirical material and theoretical approaches, and addresses such issues as stereotypes, changing black African identity, and cultural representation in art and literature.

The Harbour of All This Sea and Realm

Crusader to Venetian Famagusta

Author: Michael J. K. Walsh,Tams Kiss,Nicholas Coureas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9786155225963

Category: History

Page: 204

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The Harbour of All This Sea and Realm offers an overview of Famagustas Lusignan, Genoese and Venetian history. The essays contribute to the understanding of the citys social and administrative structure, as well as of its architectural and art historical heritage in the period from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries. The two themes of Famagustas diasporas and cultural hybridity permeate all of the articles in this collaborative effort and constitute their most conspicuous unifying feature.


Author: Paschalis Kitromilides

Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated

ISBN: 9781851092130

Category: Reference

Page: 264

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The name of the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus is often associated with great power rivalries, regional political antagonism and multiple ethnic and partisan conflicts. Yet this island is much more. It is endowed with an impressive cultural heritage and is distinguished by an evolving tradition of art and creative expression. Strategically positioned at the threshold of three continents, Cyprus has long been a crossroads for East and West. Its geographical position has shaped both its history and its culture. This volume offers guidance to both older classics and to an extensive range of works on modern scholarship.

A History of the Crusades: The art and architecture of the crusader states

Author: Kenneth Meyer Setton,Harry Williams Hazard

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr

ISBN: 9780299068202

Category: History

Page: 424

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The six volumes of A History of the Crusades will stand as the definitive history of the Crusades, spanning five centuries, encompassing Jewish, Moslem, and Christian perspectives, and containing a wealth of information and analysis of the history, politics, economics, and culture of the medieval world.

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New Approaches to Byzantine Archaeology and Art : Proceedings of the Symposium on Byzantine Art and Archaeology, Cracow, September 8 - 10, 2008

Author: Piotr Ł Grotowski


ISBN: 8392839927

Category: Art, Byzantine

Page: 301

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