Her right to the throne was contested by her illegitimate half-brother Jakob (Jacques Le Bâtard), the Archbishop of Nicosia and his Venetian wife Caterina Cornaro . After Carlotta had been besieged in Kyrenia Castle for three years , she fled to Rome in 1463, whereupon her half-brother was crowned king. From 1474, Caterina Cornaro was the actual ruler of Cyprus and found support in her home republic of Venice , while Pope Sixtus IV and Ferdinand of Naples supported Carlotta's claims. Sixtus IV and Ferdinand endeavored to bring Carlotta back to the throne of Cyprus, and in 1478 they induced them to turn to the Sultan of Egypt Al-Malik al-Ashraf Qait-Bey for assistance. In 1478 she sailed from Ostia to Alexandria and Cairo , where her efforts were thwarted by Venetian diplomats. She only returned to Rome in 1482.
She was married twice:
- 1456 Johann , Duke of Coimbra († summer 1457), a grandson of King John I and the son of Peter of Portugal . It was rumored that he was poisoned at the instigation of his mother-in-law.
- October 7, 1459 Louis of Savoy , Count of Geneva (* June 5, 1436, † August 1482).
Charlotte of Cyprus was buried in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
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- Mariano Borgatti: Borgo e S. Pietro nel 1300, nel 1600 e nel 1925 . Federico Pustet, Rome 1926.
- Joseph Schlecht: Andrea Zamometić and the attempt at the Basel Council of 1482 (= sources and research from the field of history. 8). Volume 1. Schöningh, Paderborn 1903, p. 79.
Queen of Cyprus
Titular Queen of Lesser Armenia
Titular Queen of Jerusalem
|Charles of Savoy|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Cyprus, Charlotte von (full name); Lusignan, Carlotta von (real name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Queen of Cyprus (1458–1463)|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 28, 1444|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Nicosia|
|DATE OF DEATH||July 16, 1487|
|Place of death||Rome|