The Harbour of all this Sea and Realm
Crusader to Venetian Famagusta
Michael J.K. Walsh, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Tamás Kiss, Central European University, Budapest
Nicholas Coureas, Cyprus Research Centre, Nicosia
The Harbour of All This Sea and Realm offers an overview of the Lusignan, Genoese and Venetian history of the main port city of Cyprus, a Mediterranean crossroads. The essays contribute to the understanding of Famagusta’s social and administrative structure, as well as the influences on its architectural, artisan, and art historical heritage from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries. We read of crusader bishops from central France, metalworkers from Asia Minor, mercenaries from Genoa, refugees from Acre, and traders from Venice. The themes of the city’s diasporas and cultural hybridity permeate and unify the essays in this collaborative effort.
Some of the studies use archival sources to reconstruct the early stages of appearances of various buildings. Such research is of vital importance, given the threat to Famagusta’s medieval and early modern heritage by its use as a military base since 1974.
272 pages (including 50 pages color illustrations), cloth, 2014
$70.00 / €55.00 / £45.00
CEU Medievalia series
"The title immediately refers to the economic and political significance of this Cypriot city, inhabited by Greeks, Franks, Italians, Syrians, and Arabs, because of its role as a trading hub in the eastern Mediterranean. The articles gathered in this volume are the result of an international symposium on Famagusta, Historic Famagusta: A Millennium in Words and Images, hosted at Central European University in 2012.
While these investigations advance our knowledge of medieval and Renaissance Famagusta, they also reveal questions that require further inquiry, whether due to a lack of sources or the poor accessibility of some monuments. The authors and editors seem aware of the state of research on this historic harbor. The raising of unexplored questions—central to the understanding of this important site—is linked with an international campaign advocating greater engagement in Famagusta’s preservation.
This book will primarily interest historians and art historians focusing on various aspects of the medieval and Renaissance Mediterranean, especially in the aftermath of the Crusades. At the same time, the individual chapters reveal newly discovered information and employ methodologies that are highly useful to scholars in other disciplines, such as economics, anthropology, and religious studies. Overall, this volume provides multiple interesting, thought-provoking articles that encourage fresh scholarship and conservation efforts for one of the Middle Age’s most significant, international harbors". - Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
"This volume derives from the editors’ desire to
stimulate interest in the fascinating medieval town
of Famagusta, located on the east coast of Cyprus,
and to underpin the urgency in saving its valuable
heritage. In their introduction the editors write that they and
the contributors hope this book will ‘underpin the
urgency of saving Famagusta’s valuable heritage’. In this they have undoubtedly succeeded.
The volume brings to light the fascinating history
of Cyprus, and Famagusta in particular, during the
later Middle Ages. A real strength is its combination
of micro and macro histories drawn from a wealth
of material, ranging from archives to architecture. This volume serves a real purpose and
thanks to its very specific time-frame and focus on
Famagusta, it has a coherency and rationale that
makes it an interesting read for any scholar of the
eastern Mediterranean." - Journal of Greek Archaeology