Constantine II, Prince of Armenia

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Constantine II
Lord of Cilicia / “Lord of the Mountains”
Lord of Armenian Cilicia
Reign 1129/1130
Predecessor Thoros I
Successor Leo I
Born (unknown)
(unknown)
Died after February 17, 1129
(unknown)
Burial (unknown)
Spouse (none)
Issue (none)
House Roupenians
Father Thoros I
Mother (unknown)

Constantine II[1] (Armenian: Կոստանդին Բ), also Kostandin II,[2] (unknown[2] – after February 17, 1129[2]) was the fourth lord of Armenian Cilicia[3] or “Lord of the Mountains”[2] (1129[2]/1130[1]).

The Chronique Rimée de la Petite Arménie (“The Rhymed Chronicle of Armenia Minor”) of Vahram of Edessa records that he was the son of Thoros I, lord of Armenian Cilicia.[2] His mother’s name is not known.[2]

He died a few months after his father’s death in the course of a palace intrigue.[1] Vahram of Edessa, the historian tells us that he was cast into prison and poisoned to death.[3]

After the death of Thoros, his only son and heir vas cast into prison by some wicked people, who administered to him a poisonous drug, thus the principality came to Leon, the brother of Thoros (…).

— Vahram of Edessa: The Rhymed Chronicle of Armenia Minor[4]

Other historians (e.g., Jacob G. Ghazarian, Vahan M. Kurkjian) suggest that Thoros I died without a male heir[3] and was succeeded by Leon I.[5]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Runciman, Steven. A History of the Crusades – Volume II.: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East: 1100–1187. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Cawley, Charles (2009-04-01), Lords of the Mountains, Kings of (Cilician) Armenia (Family of Rupen), Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy ,[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ a b c Ghazarian, Jacob G. The Armenian Kingdom in Cilicia during the Crusades: The Integration of Cilician Armenians with the Latins (1080–1093). 
  4. ^ Vahram (2008-09-10). "Chronicle". Text Archive. Internet Archive. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  5. ^ Vahan M. Kurkjian (2005-04-05). "A History of Armenia". Website. Bill Thayer. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 

Sources[edit]

  • Ghazarian, Jacob G: The Armenian Kingdom in Cilicia during the Crusades: The Integration of Cilician Armenians with the Latins (1080–1393); RoutledgeCurzon (Taylor & Francis Group), 2000, Abingdon; ISBN 0-7007-1418-9
  • Runciman, Steven: A History of the Crusades – Volume II.: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East: 1100–1187; Cambridge University Press, 1988, Cambridge; ISBN 0-521-06162-8

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Constantine II, Prince of Armenia
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Thoros I
Lord of Armenian Cilicia
1129/1130
Succeeded by
Leo I