The last Kingdom of Armenia. XII-XIV century. Claude Mutafyan
Dimensions: 308x250x21 mm. hardcover.
In 1393 in Paris died last ruler of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia Levon V. With the death of the last Armenian king, the descendant of the dynasty of the Lusignans of Poitou, ended extraordinary Saga of Armenian history in three centuries.
Even before the first Crusade in the North-Eastern coast of the Mediterranean sea, the Armenians set out to create a state. Protected by impressive fortresses, the ruins of which continue to capture the imagination of travelers, this state lasted many years even after the disappearance of the Latin presence in the Levant. Thanks to its own policy, based on effective the game of alliances, this state managed to create a unique culture and become a vital centre of interaction between East and West, as evidenced by the enthusiastic narration of Marco Polo. So this is the last Kingdom of Armenia cannot be considered only as part of the Christian world, which did not become a political entity. Nearly nine centuries, the Crusades were served to us only from a Western point of view, sometimes modified Byzantine component. But more recently, the study of the works of Arab and Persian authors reveal the importance of another vision. It is time to adequately evaluate the so far neglected the role played by Eastern Christians, especially Armenians.
Claude Mutafyan, Professor of mathematics, North University of Paris (Paris-Nord). After numerous publications in algebra since 1980, devoted himself to history, especially relations of Armenia with its various neighbors for centuries.