The Reign of Jacques I
After the death of Pierre II in 1382 his uncle Jacques was crowned in 1385 as King Jacques I of Cyprus and Jerusalem.
The Rule of Jacques I
King Jacques I had, while a prisoner at Genoa, married Heloise de Brunswick Grubenhagen, and there his son Janus was born, who afterwards succeeded him.

Jacques I was on terms of great friendship with Richard II, king of England, and in 1393 received a visit from Henry Bolingbroke, afterwards Henry IV of England, on his return from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. In the same year, Leo de Lusignan, fifth Latin king of Armenia, died leaving no heir, and the title devolved on his cousin, the king of Cyprus. Jacques was in 1396 proclaimed king of Armenia in the cathedral of St. Sophia, and passed on the title to his successors in the Lusignan dynasty. But it was and empty title. Of the kingdom of Armenia nothing had remained but the citadel of Courico, which still defied the efforts of the Turks to recapture it.

During the sixteen years of his reign King Jacques I was in constant conflict with the Genoese in Famagusta. to protect the Mesaoria plain from their incursions, he repaired the castle of Kantara, fortified Larnaca, and constructed a series of forts and blockhouses on the line between Kantara and Larnaca as a defence frontier. Larnaca, or Les Salines, as it was then called, became the principal trading port of the Lusignan kingdom, in place of Famagusta, which began to decline under the Genoese. The king later died in 1398.

  • From: Newman, P., (1940), "A Short History of Cyprus", Longmans, Green & Co., London.

Chronological History