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Cipro have always had a strategic importance for the Serenissima Republic: his position in the middle of the Mediterranean see makes the island an essential target for the safety of Venetian trades. 

Giacomo II Lusignano reigned in Cipro in 1468;  As it was not possible to gain control of the island with force, the Venetians resorted to the tactic of love: they sent the noblewoman Caterina Cornaro, who was part of one of the city’s most illustrious families, to marry the King.

In 1473 Giacomo dies and Cristina is hold the fate of the Kingdom of Cyprus: 

Catalans and Neapolitans exploit themselves the weakness of the moment trying to unseat Queen Corner, but the attempt is eradicated and the Venetian long arm stretches out of Famagusta and surrounding areas. The turbulent conspiracies continue for ten years until in 1489 Venice decides it's now time to take direct control of the island, become even more priority given the face on the horizon of what became his archenemy, the Turk: call back so at home the noblewoman, and forced her to donate his estate to the Republic.

The plots and conspiracies continued for another decade. Finally, in 1489 Venice decided that the time had come to take direct control of the island. It was now an even greater priority due to the looming presence on the horizon of what would become its most bitter rival: the Ottoman Empire. It thus called the noblewoman back to her homeland and forced her to hand over her island to the Republic.

The plots and conspiracies continued for another decade. Finally, in 1489 Venice decided that the time had come to take direct control of the island. It was now an even greater priority due to the looming presence on the horizon of what would become its most bitter rival: the Ottoman Empire. It thus called the noblewoman back to her homeland and forced her to hand over her island to the Republic.

In exchange for her gracious gift, which was essential for the preservation of maritime supremacy, the doge made Caterina “Domina Aceli” – the Lady of Asolo. In this town the former Queen of Cyprus would live on and reminisce about the splendour and privileges of her lost throne for a decade, surrounded by artists of the calibre of Giorgione and Lorenzo Lotto and writers such as Bembo.

 
Photos: Town Museum, Municipality of Asolo

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