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Pero Tafur and Cyprus

By Pero Tafur Translated by Colbert I. Nepaulsingh

Pero Tafur and Cyprus
Paperback, 68 pages £12.00
Published: 1997
ISBN: 9780965170444
Format: 278mm x 215mm
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Subjects: Greece and Cyprus Research Center, Medieval Studies, Sources for the History of Cyprus
Series: Sources for the History of Cyprus

For the first time, this volume establishes an accurate account of the travels and adventures of Pero Tafur, beginning in 1436. Tafur set out from his native Spain to voyage to Jerusalem. His journey lasted for three years, in which he stopped twice at Cyprus. Hence Tafur's accounts of his time in Cyprus provide reliable historical evidence of the island in the 15th century.

I. Introduction

II. Texts and Contexts

Passage 1: Tafur tells about the Genoese at Famagusta and about the Mala Paga prison

Passage 2: Tafur stops at Cyprus en route to Jerusalem

Passage 3: Tafur returns to Cyprus for permission to visit Mount Sinai

Passage 4: The King of Cyprus sends Tafur on a mission to the Sultan of Egypt

Passage 5: Tafur mentions Cyprus to Niccolo Conti

Passage 6: Tafur returns the Sultan's reply to Cyprus

Passage 7: Tafur mentions how Cypriots live in Venice

III. Appendices

Appendix 1: Larkin's Transcript of the Cyprus Passages

Appendix 2: Monstrelet on the capture of King Janus of Cyprus

Appendix 3: Johnes's English translation of Monstrelet

IV. Notes



Colbert I. Nepaulsingh is Professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is based in the Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Department. His research fields include Medieval Spanish literature and culture and the influence of medieval Spain on the New World.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 68 pages
 278mm x 215mm

BIC Code:
 Greece and Cyprus Research Center


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