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÷rjan Martinsson

Kings of Cyprus

Cyprus was after 58 BC a part of the Roman Empire and thereafter the Byzantine Empire. It became de facto an independent state when the self-proclaimed Byzantine emperor Isaakios Komnēnos conquered the island 1185. He was then expelled 1191 by Richard the Lionheart during the Third Crusade. The English king sold the island shortly afterwards to the Knights Templars who in their turn sold it to the former king of Jerusalem, Guy de Lusignan. Formally Cyprus did not become a kingdom until 1197 when Guy's brother and successor Amaury I was elevated to king by the Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich IV. The kingdom existed for 300 years until its queen Catherine Cornaro was forced to sell the island to Venice in 1489.

House of Komnēnos

1185-1191
1191
1191-1192
Isaakios
Conquered by England
Ruled by the Knights Templars

House of Lusignan
 
1192-1194 Guy *
1194-1205 Amaury I  
1205-1218 Hugues I
1218-1253 Henri I **
1253-1267 Hugues II

House of Poitiers-Lusignan
 
1267-1284
Hugues III  
1284-1285 Jean I  
1285-1306 Henri II  
1306-1310
1310-1324
1324-1359
1359-1369
1369-1382
1382-1398
1398-1432
1432-1458
1458-1460
1460-1473
1473-1474
1474-1489

1489-1571
1571-1878
1878-1960

1960-
Amaury II de Tyr
Henri II (restored)
Hugues IV
Pierre I
Pierre II
Jacques I
Janus
Jean II
Charlotte
Jacques II le b‚tard
Jacques III le posthume
Catherine Cornaro

Ruled by Venice
Part of the Ottoman Empire
British rule

Republic of Cyprus

* = Guy was king of Jerusalem 1186-1192.
** = Henri I was regent in Jerusalem 1246-1253.

 = Jerusalem