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Old Players And New In The Transition Of Cyprus To Ottoman Rule

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The intensity of the Ottoman retaliation against demonstrations of loyalty to Venetian rule was subject to the changing circumstances of the confl ict, which was translated concretely into a more fortunate end for the civilians of Famagosta. During the war and, more particularly, after the capitulation of Nicosia, some exponents of noble rank anticipating the growing successes of the Ottoman troops, tried to use the surrender of the fortress of Cerine and conversion to Islam as a means of maintaining their social privilege. The primarily purely political conceptualisation of which categories to banish from the island would subsequently extend to all Catholics, including members of the minor clergy, who were certainly never particularly favoured by the Venetian authorities. What can be understood from the sources consulted is that on Cyprus the clergy was the first to seek a middleman from off the island who was superior to the beglerbegi.

Keywords: Cyprus; Famagosta; Nicosia; Ottoman rule; political conceptualisation; Venetian rule



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