Weak kings ruled the Armenian kingdom of Cilicia as from 1289. They expressed love for the Latin west, which made them lose their influence on the Popes in Avignon; simultaneously, conspiracies took place in their court between the proponents of the policy of bringing together Latins and “nationalists”. A perfect example was king Hetoum II, the eldest son and the successor of King Leo II. This article aims at developing the political strategies of the Armenian king at the end of the Crusader period in relation with the Mameluk or Mongol military objectives in this region.
Armenian Kingdom of Sicily, Mameluks, Hetoum II