Alice of Champagne

Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of Cyprus

The Kingdom of Cyprus was a Crusader kingdom that existed between 1192 and 1489. The island of Cyprus was conquered by 1191 by King Richard I of England from the Byzantine Empire. He soon realised that the island was not worthwhile and he sold it to the Knights Templar. The people of Cyprus attempted to [read more]

Charlotte of Cyprus

Helena Palaiologina and her rival

Helena was born on 3 February 1428 as the daughter of Theodore II Palaiologos (Despot in the Morea) and Cleofa Malatesta at the Castle of Mistras in Greece. She was to be their only child. She was just five years old when her mother died, but not much else is known of her youth. On her 14th birthday, she married [read more]