|Posted By:||Chris Kininigin|
|Subject:||Re: French-Crusaders in Cyprus|
|Post Date:||June 11, 2005 at 19:42:29|
|Forum:||Cyprus Genealogy Forum|
Yes of course but some of these wellknown princes you got to be careful with. Like the prince of Lusignan is not from the Lusignan kings of Cyprus, he's from a collateral branch of that family that were just French counts with the name and none of his ancestors ever ruled as a king in Cyprus and there is no Greek blood in him because he got none of those descents from the Comnenid marriages. That branch just claimed it automatically after the Lusignan kings died out because that is the French way to claim everything through the male bloodline automatically because of the last name even they don't have any of the royal Cypriot or Byzantine blood. Also be real careful too like there was a former Maronite priest in 1880 named Kafta and he and his wife started peddling an Order of Melusina and claiming to represent the royal house of Lusignan. They even called themselves Guy and Marie de Lusignan! Four sources on this: 1. M. de Lusignan, "Ordre de Melusine, chevalerie d'honneur, de Marie de Lusignan". Paris, 1888. 2. G. de Lusignan, "Statuts de l'ordre royal de la Sainte Catherine de Mont Sinai". Paris, 1896. 3. Cornaro, F., "Reale Ordine di Cipro". S.1., 1948. 16p. 4. Pelliccioni di Poli, Luciano "Il sovrano ordine di Cipro". Rome, 1973.