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]

Isabella II of Jerusalem
Isabella II of Jerusalem

Queens Regnant – Isabella II of Jerusalem

Isabella II of Jerusalem’s reign would begin tragically early. Isabella, or Yolande of Brienne as she is sometimes known, was born as the daughter of Maria of Montferrat and John of Brienne. Maria of Montferrat was the eldest daughter of Isabella I of Jerusalem. Maria was Queen of Jerusalem in her own right from 1205 [read more]

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Alice of Champagne

Queens Regnant – Isabella I of Jerusalem

The future Isabella I of Jerusalem was born circa 1172 from her father Almaric of Jerusalem’s second marriage to Maria Kommene, a grandniece of the Byzantine emperor. She had two half-siblings from her father’s first marriage, Baldwin and Sibylla. She was just two years old when her father died, and he was succeeded by his [read more]