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Guy de Lusignan, "Constantine II" king of Armenia

Also Known As: "Syrgin"
Birthplace: Cyprus
Death: April 17, 1344 (41-50) (murdered)
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Son of Amaury II de Lusignan, Prince of Tyre, Constable of Jerusalem and Isabelle of Armenia
Husband of .... Kantakouzene and Theodora Syrgiannaina
Father of Isabella Cantacuzino, lady of Aradippou
Brother of Hugues de Lusignan, Seigneur de Cruseche; Henry de Lusignan; Bohémond de Lusignan; Jehan Constantine III de Lusignan, Constable of Armenia and Agnes de Lusignan

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About Guy de Lusignan, "Constantine II" king of Armenia



4. GUY de Lusignan (-murdered 17 Apr 1344, bur Adana, transferred to Tarsus[857]). The Lignages d'Outremer name (in order) "Hugue, Henri, Gui et Jehan, et Marie" as the five children of Amaury, son of Hugues III King of Cyprus, & his wife[858]. Another manuscript of the Lignages names (in order) "Hugo, Henrico, Beimundo, Joanne, Guido e Agnes" as the six children of "Almerico figliolo de re Hugo e de la regina Isabella" & his wife[859]. The Chronicle of Jean Dardel names (in order) "le premier…Hugues, le second Heinry, le tiers Guy qui puis fu roy d'Armenye, le quart Jehan qui fu prince et connestable du dit royaume et pere du roy Lyon le quint…et le quint filz Bemon"[860]. The Chronicle of Amadi records that "dama Isabella dama de Sur, sorella del re de Armenia" left two of her children "doi figlioli Janni et Jotin" in Cyprus when she left for Armenia in 1309 to consult her relations[861]. His accession in 1342 indicates that he must then have been his parents' oldest surviving son. He was in Constantinople from 1317 until 1342[862]. The editor of Recueil des Historiens des Croisades identifies him with "Guy de Lenouzia" mentioned by Ioannes Kantakuzenos as Governor of Serrhes in Macedonia[863]. Strategos 1328-1329. Titular Lord of Tyre 1336. The Chronicle of Jean Dardel records the death of King Lewon after appointing as his successor "[le] premier enfant malle de dame Isabel, seur du roy Ossin, son pere", clarifying in the next chapter that this was "messire Guy de Lissegnan, en Constantinoble"[864]. Having opposed the succession of Ioannes Kantakuzenos as Byzantine emperor, he returned to Cilician Armenia[865]. The Liste Rimée des Souverains de la Petite Arménie records that "et [Guy] frère de Jean" succeeded "le baron Jean, fils d'Isabelle sœur d'Oschin père de Léon" in Armenia, stating that "tous deux eurent un règne éphémère, car les troupes, se soulevant, les égorgèrent"[866]. He succeeded in 1342 and was crowned as KOSTANDIN II King of Armenia. The Chronicle of Jean Dardel records the coronation at Sis in Oct 1342 of "messire Guy de Lisegnan"[867]. He refused to pay the annual tribute to Egypt, which attacked Armenia in revenge[868]. Pope Clement VI promised his support, subject to the union of the Armenian with the Roman church to which the Armenian people were violently opposed. The Chronicle of Jean Dardel records that the Armenians killed "le roy Guy…et messire Bemon de Lisignan son frere" along with "tous les François qu'il avoit amenez avecques lui en Armenye"[869].

m firstly ( [1318] ) --- Kantakuzene, daughter of --- (-[1330]). Nicephoras Gregoras records the marriage of "defuncti imperatoris consobrinus Guido Armenius" and "Cantacuzeni consobrinam"[870].

m secondly ([1330/32], Papal dispensation 12 Apr 1344) THEODORA Syrgiannaina, daughter of --- Syrgiannes Palaiologos Philanthropenos & his wife --- Palaiologina (-[30 Jun 1347/1349]). Nicephoras Gregoras records the second marriage of "defuncti imperatoris consobrinus Guido Armenius" and "Syrgiannis filiam", after the death of his first wife, and states that the couple had children[871]. She was adopted by Empress Maria [Rita][872]. The retrospective dispensation issued by Pope Clement VI for the marriage of "Guy de Lusignan rex Armeniæ" and "Theodora Syrgianes" is dated 12 Apr 1344[873].

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