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Re: French-Crusaders in Cyprus
Posted by: Chris Kininigin (ID *****9875) Date: June 11, 2005 at 19:23:21
In Reply to: Re: French-Crusaders in Cyprus by Ahna Skop of 500

Yeah, Anha, don't rule it out. For sure. See your family come from Toulouse family but can also be from Guy de Lusignan down another line or lines as well. See Guy and his brother each married queens of Jerusalem and there were multiple branches of their descendants that became related as the descendants of the two brothers married each other and the descendants of the counts of Tripoli --Raimundo of Toulouse, your ancestor-- married with the descendants of the princes of Antioch and the descendants of Isaac Comnenus who was captured by Richard the Lionhearted married each other and these lines ALL became mixed into one eventually in about two hundred years there was a descendant, Anthony of the house of Antioch-Lusignan-Rivers who was claiming ALL the descents/lines I just named in 1474 in Venice where he was using the name "Anthony Arnite". You would've heard of him only he died in 1483 before he could claim Cyprus. By this time, there was so much Greek blood in him as well that there was talk of healing the Great Schism between Roman Catholicism and Greek Orthodoxy in an effort to put a Christian king back in Jerusalem. Earlier Lusignans had sort of tried to create a new rite in Cyprus but it was not well conceived and failed. They are buried mostly in the Dominican abbey right in Nicosia where your family is from so you probably are descended from Guy de Lusignan--especially since your family wouldn't have told it to you if it wasn't-- as well as the counts of Tripoli ( Toulouse).

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