Dr Nicholas Coureas

Contact Details

The Cyprus Research Centre,
Ministry of Education and Culture
6, Gladstone Street, Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel: 22 456323
Fax: 22 456309

Email: ncoureas@moec.gov.cy


When and where did you initially develop an interest in the history of the crusades and/or the Latin East?

At secondary school when it was part of the A-Level modules.

Who or what sparked your enthusiasm for the subject?

Rosalind Hill´s translation of Gesta Francorum, Steven Runciman's 3 volume history of the Crusades plus Joshua Prawer's The Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.


Please provide details of your Higher Education, including dates, institution(s) and the name(s) of your research supervisors.

May 1994 PhD Medieval History, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London (Subject of Thesis: The Latin Church in Cyprus, 1195-1312)
(Supervisor: Professor Jonathan Riley Smith)

December 1987 MA Ancient History, University College, University of London

(Subject of MA Dissertation: ‘The Role of the Roman Army in Romanising Africa Proconsularis from the First to the Third Centuries AD’)    
(Supervisor: Professor Michael Crawford, FBA)

July 1982 BA Ancient and Medieval History, King’s College, University of London (Fields of Study Covered: Greek History, The Roman Republic, The Roman Empire, Western Europe 400-1200, The Byzantine Empire, 600-1453, The Islamic Middle East, 600-1100)

Career History

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  • Researcher A (as from 15 July 1996) at the Cyprus Research Centre, which I initially joined on 30 September 1990 as a researcher
  • Research Coordinator (as from 21 June 2006) for a project of the Cyprus Research Centre jointly undertaken with the Research Promotion Foundation (Ίδρυμα Προώθησης Έρευνας) qnd the University of Warwick, UK. on post-1974 labour relations in Cyprus (project undertaken by Mr Grigoris Ioannou, MA )

Influences and Methodologies

What ideas and/or methodologies have informed your approach to your research?

My methodology is largely empirical, stressing the importance not only of contemporary written sources but also, where possible, their use in conjunction with archaeological, epigraphic and numismatic evidence.

Research Outlook

What do you consider to be the most important avenues for future research in the field of crusader studies?

The role of international commerce in promoting and sustaining the Crusading ideals, not only in the Mediterranean but also in the Baltic area, the ideology and canon law framework underpinning the crusading movement and the impact this movement had on non Latin peoples, Muslims, Armenians, Orthodox Christians, Pagan Balts etc.

Research Output

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  1. ΗΚύπροςκαιοιΣταυροφορίες/Cyprus and the Crusades, ed by N Coureas and J Riley-Smith, Cyprus Research Centre and SSCLE: Nicosia, 1995. Proceedings of the International Conference that took place in Nicosia, Cyprus, 6-9 September 1994 under the auspices of the Cyprus Research Centre and the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (SSCLE)

  2. The Cartulary of the Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom of Nicosia, ed by N Coureas and C Schabel, Cyprus Research Centre, Nicosia, 1997.

  3. N Coureas, The Latin Church in Cyprus, 1195-1312, Ashgate Publishing Ltd: Aldershot, 1997.

  4. The Assizes of the Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus, trans and ed N Coureas, Cyprus Research Centre: Nicosia, 2002.

  5. The Foundation Rules of Medieval Cypriot Monasteries: Makhairas and St Neophytos, trans and ed by N Coureas, Cyprus Research Centre: Nicosia, 2003

  6. George Boustronios, A Narrative of the Chronicle of Cyprus, 1458-1489, trans and ed by N Coureas with supplementary Greek texts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries translated by H Pohlsander, Cyprus Research Centre and Greece and Cyprus Research Centre, University of Albany, NY: Nicosia, 1995 (joint publication).

  7. Member of the Editorial Board of the ΕπετηρίδαΚέντρουΕπιστημονικώνΕρευνών(Cyprus Research Centre Annual Review) for Volumes XXIII (1997), XXIV (1998), XXVI(2000), XXIX (2003), XXX (2004), XXXI (2005), XXXII (2006) and XXXIII (2007)


* Indicates that prior to publication the article in question was given as a paper at an International Conference or at a Public Lecture.

  1. * ‘To what Extent was the Crusaders’ capture of Cyprus impelled by Strategic Considerations’, ΕπετηρίςΚέντρουΕπιστημονικώνΕρευνών (henceforth EKEE) XIX (1992), pp 197-202
  2. * ‘Cyprus under the Lusignans’, in Focus on Cyprus, eds J Charalambous and G Geoghallides (London, 1993).
  3. * ‘Η Μoνή τoυ Αγίoυ Γεωργίoυ τωv Μαγγάvωv επί Φραγκoκρατίας’, Επετηρίς της Κυπριακής Εταιρείας Iστoρικώv Σπoυδώv II (1994), pp 275-286.
  4. * ‘The Papacy’s Relations with the Kings and Nobility of Armenia in the Period 1300-1350’, in Les Lusignans et l’Outre Mer (Poitiers, 1994), pp 99-108.
  5. * ‘Cyprus under the Lusignans, Aspects of Evolution’, in The Cypriot-French Repertory of the Manuscript Torino J.II.9 eds L Finscher and Ursula Gunther (Hanssler-Verlag, 1995)
    pp 11-26.
  6. * ‘Western Merchants and the Ports of Cyprus up to 1291’, in Cyprus and the Sea, eds V Karageorghis and D Michaelides (Nicosia, 1995), pp 255-262.
  7. * ‘Cyprus and the Naval Leagues, 1333-1358’, in Η Κύπρoς και oι Σταυρoφoρίες/ Cyprus and the Crusades, eds N Coureas and J Riley-Smith (Nicosia, 1995), pp 107-124.
  8. ‘Cyprus and Lesser Armenia, 1195-1375’, EKEE, XXI (1995), pp 33-71.
  9. ‘Provencal Trade with Cyprus in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries’, EKEE, XXII (1996), pp 69-92.
  10. * ‘The Greek Monastery of Sinai and its Properties on Crete and Cyprus’, in Autour de la Premiere Croisade, ed M Balard (Paris, 1996),  pp 475-484.
  11. * ‘The Cypriot Reaction to the Establishment of the Latin Church. Resistance and Collaboration’, in Kyprios Kharakter: Quelle Identite Chypriote? Sources Travaux Historiques No 43-44 (Paris, 1996), pp 75-84.
  12. * ‘Οι δυvαστικές και στρατιωτικές σχέσεις μεταξύ Κύπρoυ και Μικράς Αρμεvίας κατά τηv περίoδo 1195-1375’, Επετηρίς της Κυπριακής Εταιρείας Iστoρικώv Σπoυδώv III (1997),
    pp 9-28.
  13. ‘The Genoese and the Latin Church of Cyprus, 1250-1320’, in Oriente e Occidente tra Mεdιoevo ed Etα Moderna, Studi in Onore di Geo Pistarino, ed Laura Balleto (Genoa, 1997), pp 165-175.
  14. ‘Profits and Piracy: Commerce between Cyprus and Catalonia from 1291 to 1420’, EKEE XXIII (1997), pp 27-55.
  15. * ‘Η Ελληνόρυθμη Μoνή τoυ Σωτήρoς στη Μεppήνη της Σικελίας’, in Πρακτικά τoυ IΖ' Παvελληvίoυ Iστoρικoύ Συvεδρίoυ, Ελληvική Iστoρική Εταιρεία (Θεσσαλονίκη, 1997), 
    pp 27-40.
  16. ‘Conversion on Latin Cyprus: A New Faith or a New Rite?’, EKEE XXIV (1998),
    pp 77-86.
  17. * ‘Η εγκαθίδρυση της Λατινικής εκκλησίας στην Πάτρα μετά το 1204. Ομoιότητες και διαφoρές με τηv περίπτωση της Κύπρoυ’, in Πρακτικά του Ε’ Διεθνούς Συνεδρίου Πελοποννησιακών Σπουδών (Άργος-Ναύπλιον 6-10 Σεπτεμβρίου 1995), Τόμος Β’, (Αθήναι, 1998), pp 411-421
  18. * ‘H εμπoρική και στρατηγική σημασία της Λεμεσoύ κατά τoν πρώτo αιώvα της Φραγκoκρατίας’, Επετηρίς της Κυπριακής Εταιρείας Iστoρικώv Σπoυδώv IV (Nicosia, 1999), pp 19-33.
  19. ‘Commercial Relations between Lusignan Cyprus and Hospitaller Rhodes in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries’, Mesogeios 4 (Paris, 1999), pp 103-117.
  20. ‘Commercial Relations between Cyprus and Florence in the Fourteenth Century’, EKEE XXV (1999), pp 51-68.
  21. ‘Commerce between Cyprus and Ancona in the First Half of the Fourteenth Century’,
    Mesogeios 6 (Paris, 1999),  pp 48-63.
  22. ‘Muslim and Christian Captives on Lusignan Cyprus: Redemption or Retention?’, Collectanea Archivi Vaticani, 46, (Citta del Vaticano, 2000), pp 525-531.
  23. ‘Monasticism on Cyprus’, (together with Dr Christopher Schabel). Encyclopedia of Monasticism, Fitzroy Dearborn Publications, 2 vols (Chicago, 2000), Ι, 345-350.
  24. ‘Commercial Relations between Lusignan Cyprus and Venetian Crete in the Period 1300-1362’, ΕΚΕΕ XXVI (2000), pp 141-155.
  25. * ‘Latin Provincial Synods in the Thirteenth Century as a means of promoting Ecclesiastical Discipline and Doctrinal Uniformity’, Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum, Jahrgang 32, Heft 1, (Friedberg, 2000), pp 82-105.
  26. ‘La Influencia de la Corona de Aragon en el Oriente Mediterraneo a fines de la Edad Media (1276-1479)’, in Aragon, Reino y Corona, (Madrid, 2000), pp 155-165.
  27. * ‘Τhe Changing Military Role of Cyprus in the Crusading Movement and in the Defence of Christendom against Islam, 1191-1388’, in Dorima: A Tribute to the A.G. Leventis Foundation, (Nicosia, 2000), pp 243-254
  28. * ‘King Peter I of Cyprus and the Rebellion of the Greeks of Crete’, in Πρακτικάτου Γ´ ΔιεθνούςΚυπρολογικούΣυνεδρίου, 3 vols vol II, Medieval Section, (Nicosia, 2001),
    pp 519-526.
  29. ‘Non-Chalcedonian Christians on Latin Cyprus’, in Gesta Dei per Francos, Studies in Honour of Professor J Richard, ed B Kedar, M Balard and J Riley-Smith (Aldershot, 2001),
    pp 349-360.
  30. ‘The Latin Elite on Cyprus: Trying to Keep Apart’. Journal of Mediterranean Studies, vol 10, Nos 1 and 2 (Malta, 2001), pp 31-45.
  31. * ‘Πoλιτικές, Στρατηγικές και Οικoνoμικές Πτυχές της Φραγκoκρατίας’, Επετηρίς της Κυπριακής Εταιρείας Iστoρικώv Σπoυδώv V (Nicosia, 2001), pp 245-264.
  32. * ‘Κoινωvικές Πτυχές της Φραγκoκρατίας στηv Κύπρo: Μια Πoλιτική Διαχωρισμoύ’, Επετηρίς της Κυπριακής Εταιρείας Iστoρικώv ΣπoυδώvV (Nicosia, 2001), pp 265-283.
  33. ‘The Provision of Charity and Hospital Care on Latin Cyprus’, ΕπετηρίδαΚέντρουΕπιστημονικώνΕρευνών, ΧΧVII (2001), pp 33-50.
  34. ‘Piracy in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Later Middle Ages (14-15th Centuries)’, Mesogeios, 12 (2001), pp 195-212.
  35. ‘The Influence of the Kingdom of Aragon in Cyprus, Rhodes, Latin Greece and Mamluk Egypt during the Later Middle Ages, 1276-1479’, ΚυπριακαίΣπουδαί, Τόμος ΞΒ´- ΞΓ´ 1998-1999 (Nicosia, 2000), pp 211-224.
  36. ‘Commercial Activity in the Town of Limassol during the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries’, ΕKΕΕ, XXVII (2002), pp 21-41.
  37. ‘The Establishment of the Latin Secular Church at Patras: Comparisons and Contrasts with Cyprus’, Mesogeios, 13-14 (2001), pp 145-163.
  38. ‘Commercial Relations between Cyprus and Ragusa, 1270-1450’, Mediterranean Historical Review 17, December, 2002, pp 1-13.
  39. ‘The Greek-rite Monastery of the Holy Saviour of Lingua Maris in Sicily, 1334-1415’, in Porphyrogenita, Essays on the History and Literature of Byzantium and the Latin East in Honour of Julian Chrysostomides, ed C Dendrinos, J Harris, Eirene Harvalia-Crook and Judith Herrin, Ashgate, 2003, pp 199-215.
  40. ‘The Role of the Templars and the Hospitallers in the Movement of Commodities involving Cyprus from 1291 to 1312’, in The Experience of Crusading, ed by M Bull, N Housley, P Edbury and J Phillips, 2 vols University of Cambridge, 2003, pp 257-274.
  41. ‘Commercial Relations between Cyprus and Chios, 1300-1480’, ΕΚΕΕ, XXIX (2003),
    pp 37-51.
  42. * ‘Η διαμόρφωση της σύγχρονης Λατινικής κοινότητας στην Κύπρο’, Επετηρίς Κυπριακής Εταιρείας Ιστορικών Σπουδών, VI (2003), pp 137-150.
  43. * ‘The Place to be: Cyprus as a Place of Settlement and Refuge’, ΚυπριακαίΣπουδαί, vol 66, 2002 (Nicosia, 2004), pp 125-145.
  44. ‘Commercial Relations between Cyprus and the Genoese colonies of Pera and Caffa, 1297-1458’, ΕKΕΕ, XXX (2004), pp 153-169.
  45. ‘Commercial Relations between Cyprus and Euboea, 1300-1362’, Σύμμεικτα τoυ Εθνικού Ιδρύματος Ερευνών, Ίδρυμα Βυζαντινών Ερευνών, vol 13, Athens, 2004, pp 87-100.
  46. ‘I mercanti genovesi e i loro traffici a Nicosia dal marzo all’Ottobre 1297’, in Alle origini di Alessandria dal Gonfalone del commune nella Lega Lombarda all’Aquila imperiale degli Staufen, Alessandria, 2005, pp 189-201.
  47. ‘Economy’, in Cyprus, Society and Culture 1191-1374, eds Angel Nicolaou-Konnari and C Schabel, Brill, Leiden, 2005, pp 103-156.
  48. ‘The Historical Development of Cyprus’ Present-Day Latin Community, Journal of Mediterranean Studies, vol 15, no 1, Malta 2005, 149-166.
  49. 49 ‘The Development of Nicosia as the Judicial Centre of Lusignan Cyprus’, ΕΚΕΕ  ΧΧΧΙ (2005), pp 73-89.
  50. * ‘Apple of Concord: The Great Powers and Cyprus, 400-1960’, ΚυπριακαίΣπουδαί, vols 67-68, Nicosia, 2005, pp 447-462.
  51. * ‘Controlled Contacts: The Latin Church of Cyprus, the Papacy, and Mamluk Egypt, 1250-1350’, in Proceedings of the 9th and the 10th International Colloquia on the History of Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Islamic Periods, eds U Vermeulen and J van Steenbergen, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, Leuven 2005, pp 395-408.
  52. ‘Cyprus’, ‘Nicosia’, Kerynia’, ‘Limassol’, ‘Paphos’, ‘Catherine Cornaro’, ‘Mt Sinai’, articles in the four-volume publication The Crusades, An Encyclopedia ed Alan Murray, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, California 2006, I, pp 232 and 330-338, III, pp 713, 727-728, 884-885 and 932-933, IV, 1114-1115.
  53. (2006)* ‘Ποινές και κατάρες στα κυπριακά κτητορικά τυπικά: Πως συγκρίνονται με αυτά σε κτητορικά τυπικά άλλων περιοχών της βυζαντινής επικράτειας’, Επετηρίς Κυπριακής Εταιρείας Ιστορικών Σπουδών, VII (2005), pp 85-106.
  54. (2006) ‘Η ιατρική στην Κύπρο επί Φραγκοκρατίας και Βενετοκρατίας’, Η ιατρική στην Κύπρο από την Αρχαιότητα μέχρι την Ανεξαρτησία,ed. M. Vryonidou-Yiangou, Nicosia 2006, pp 100-149.
  55. (2006) ‘Trade between Cyprus and Aragonese Sicily in the Late Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries’, EKEE XXXII (2006), pp 79-108.
  56. ‘Concluding Remarks’ in Archaeology and the Crusades, ed P Edbury and S Kalopissi-Verti, Athens 2007, pp 173-177.
  57. ‘Piracy in Cyprus during the Late Lusignan and Venetian Periods, 15th-16th Centuries’, EKEE XXXIII (2007), pp 121-162.
  58. * ‘The Migration of Syrians and Cypriots to Hospitaller Rhodes in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries’, The Hospitallers, the Mediterranean and Europe, Ashgate 2007, pp 101-108.
  59. ‘Papal Judge-Conservators and the Greek-rite monasteries of Sicily and Cyprus’, in Sacri canones servandae sunt, ed P Krafl, Prague 2007.


  1. (1998) ‘Εμπoρικές σχέσεις μεταξύ Κύπρoυ και Iσπαvίας τoν 14o αιώvα’. Paper given at the Cyprus and Spain Conference organized under the joint auspices of the University of Cyprus and the Municipality of Nicosia in November 1998.
  2. (2000) ‘A Political History of Frankish and Venetian Nicosia’, and ‘The Ecclesiastical History of Frankish and Venetian Nicosia’, in press in the volume Nicosia: The First 2000 Years, ed D Michaelides, Mesogeios 2007.
  3. (2000)* ‘Hospitaller Estates in Cyprus, 1411-1455’, Given as a paper in the International Conference The Military Orders: Warfare and Welfare held in London in September 2000.
  4. (2003)* ‘The Role of Cyprus in provisioning the Latin Churches of the Holy Land in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries’, in press in Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta,Leuven, 2007.
  5. (2003)* ‘Trade between Cyprus and the Mamluk Lands in the Fifteenth Century, with special reference to Nicosia and Famagusta’, in press in Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, Leuven, 2007.
  6. (2005)* ‘The Coptic Community in Cyprus from the Mid-Fifteenth to the Mid-Sixteenth Centuries’, in press in Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, Leuven, 2007.
  7. (2005)* ‘Mamluks in the Chronicle of George Boustronios and their Place within a Wider Context’, in press for the Festschrift in honour of Professor U Vermeulen, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
  8. (2006)* ‘Commercial Relations between Mamluk Egypt and Hospitaller Rhodes in the mid-Fifteenth Century: The Case of Sidi Galip Ripolii’, in press in Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, Leuven, 2007.
  9. (2006)* ‘Notarial Documents from Lusignan Cyprus: Structure and Contents’, in press in Diplomatics in the Eastern Mediterranean, in The Medieval Mediterranean Series, Brill, Leiden 2007.
  10. (2006)* ‘The Greek Monastery of St Margaret of Agros in Lusignan Cyprus and its Relations with the Latin Church and the Papacy’, paper given at the 41st International Congress of Medievalists, Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University, 4-7 May 2006.
  11. (2006)* ‘The Reception of Eastern Medicine in Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus’, paper given at the 15th International Colloquium on the History of Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras’, 17-20 May 2006, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In press in Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta,Leuven, 2007.
  12. (2007) ‘A Medieval Cypriot Diaspora: Cypriot Migration throughout the Mediterranean from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries’, for the International SSCLE conference, Avignon, France 2008.
  13. (2008)* ‘Από το μεσαίωνα στην αναγέννηση: μεταβατικά στοιχεία στο Χρονικό του Γεώργιου Βουστρώνιου’, for the Κυπριακαί Σπουδαί one-day conference Όψεις της βυζαντινής και μεταβυζαντινής Κύπρου’, 16 December 2006.
  14. (2007) ‘Genoese Merchants in Cyprus between March and October 1297’, ΚυπριακαίΣπουδαί, vol 69, Nicosia 2008.
  15. (2008) * ‘Between Latins and Traditionalists: The Armenian Church in Cyprus during the Lusignan and Venetian Period’, paper given at the International Conference ‘Between Greeks and Latins: The Armenian Church in the Middle Ages’, Montpellier 12-13 June 2007
  16. (2007) * ‘The Third Crusade according to Greek Sources from Cyprus’, paper given at Leeds IMC Conference, 9-12 July 2007.
  17. (2007) * ‘Winning the War but Losing the Peace: Relation between Lusignan Cyprus and Mamluk Egypt in the 15th Century’, paper given at the 16th International Colloquium on the History of Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, 9-11 May 2007, University of Gent, Belgium.