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Othello's Island 2015

at the Severis Foundation • Nicosia • Cyprus

 

Speaker: Dr. Nicolas Coureas (Cyprus Research Institute)

Title: "A not so Aristocratic Pursuit: Hunting in Lusignan and

Venetian Cyprus (1192-1570)"

 

Abstract:

 

This paper aims to describe and discuss the practice of hunting on the island of Cyprus during the Lusignan and Venetian periods of its history. The sources for hunting are varied, from legal texts and chronicle accounts to glazed pottery, and while the information they impart concerns chiefly the Latin nobility it is clear that other social classes and ethnic groups also participated in hunting. Hunting practices and related issues like the rearing and exportation of falcons were directly influenced by countries and civilizations to the east and west of Cyprus, especially the Mamluk sultanate and the medieval west. Furthermore, other than the dimension of recreation hunting played a role, during the Venetian period, in the exercise of international diplomacy, with falcons reared on Cyprus, especially in the Limassol district, to be given as gifts to both Christian and Muslim rulers whom Venice wished to please or at least placate.

 

 

 

 

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