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Legal Texts from Cyprus

Cyprus, home to the Lusignan dynasty, became an important production locale for a great deal of French-language legal writing in the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, as well as a repository for the legal customs that had first been recorded in the Levant. Among the works that can be securly tied to the noble courts of Cyprus, and at times to individual authors and compilers, are the following:

• Philip of Novara, Livre de forme de plait
• John of Ibelin, Le Livre des Assises 

• The Livre of Geoffrey Le Tor 

• The Livre of James of Ibelin (aka Jacques d'Ibelin) 

• The Lignages d'Outremer 

• The Livre Contrefais des Assises 

Legal Texts from the Military Orders were also produced on Cyprus, including amendments to th Rules for both the Hospitaller and Templar Orders. A legal treatise was also composed by William of Saint Stephan, a well-known Hospitaller author who wrote many French-language texts on behalf of the Hospitallers at the close of the thirteenth and beginning of the fourteenth centuries.

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