James I (Cyprus)

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Jacob I of Cyprus (* 1334 ; † September 9, 1398 in Nicosia ) was King of Cyprus from 1382 to 1398.

He was the son of King Hugo IV of Cyprus. After the death of his nephew Peter II , he became King of Cyprus and Titular King of Jerusalem .

After King Leon VI. of Armenia had died in exile in 1393, Jacob also became titular king of Lesser Armenia , a title that he passed on to his successors.

He ceded Famagusta to the Republic of Genoa .

He was married to Helvis von Braunschweig-Grubenhagen and had six sons and six daughters. After his death, his eldest son Janus succeeded him to the throne.


  • René Grousset : L'Empire du Levant: Histoire de la Question d'Orient. Nouvelle édition revue. Payton, Paris 1949.
predecessor Office successor
Peter II King of Cyprus
Peter II Titular King of Jerusalem
Leon VI Titular king of Lesser Armenia