Category: House of Lusignan

Categories: European Noble Houses | French Nobility

The Lusignan House was a royal house of French origin, that ruled the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Kingdom of Cyprus and the Kingdom of Cilicia.

It originated in Poitou near Lusignan in western France in the early 10th century. By the end of the 11th century, they had risen to become the most prominent petty lords in the region from their castle at Lusignan. In the late 12th century, through marriage and inheritance, a cadet branch of the family came to control the Kingdoms of Jerusalem and of Cyprus, while in the early 13th century, the main branch succeeded in the Counties of La Marche and Angoulême. As Crusader princes in the Latin East, they soon had connections with the Hethumid rulers of the Kingdom of Cilicia, which they inherited through marriage in the mid-14th century. The Armenian and Cypriot branches of the family eventually merged and the dynasty died out after the Ottoman conquest of their Asian kingdoms.

You can read more about the House of Lusignan on Wikipedia here.

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