Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Old treasures - Sources on Cyprus form early modern sources.

I am constantly suprised how items form cyprus were considered a luxury items were treasured in England. In pre-Elizabethan wines, the sweet commandaria wine had a special import duty aas it was considered of a higher quality - if one is interested the customs accounts have been calendared by Stuart Jenks - one can find the quantity imported into Britain.
Below is a will made in London. Note how much the sates from cyprus is treasured.

140. [bdle. I. 45] Margett Taylor. 13 . . . 1540. (fn. 15)

Jehus. I Margett Taylor, wyddow (fn. 16) . . . curatt then beying 12d., to Jhon Jonson, my hussbandes best gowne, George Yeman my hussbandes second best gowne, to Alys Y. . . satten of Cypress, to Jane Bele, a mattress, a bolster, a koverlett, . . . shettes, a payer off blanckettes, or els 20s. The resydew off my guddes I geve them to Ages Taylor, my hussbandes doughter, whom I ordeyne for my exequtryx: so that she be orderyd yn alle thynges by the gudd councell off Thomas Castell, and Jhon Austen. That ys affter my dyssease, my funeralles dyschargyd, then my guddes to be . . . and my dettes to be payyd by the sayd Thomas Castell and Jhon Augusten. And that the sayde Thomas and Jhon to pay my servantes wages; and see every man and woman [who] toke paynys wyth my hussbond and me yn tymys off ower syckness to be honestly rewardyd as there dyscretyon wyll serve, there owne paynys also substancya[lly] consydered. That Thomas Castell shold do whatt he wyllyd to doe yn all thynges for hyr hussbond and hyrs behalf as he thougt best wyth the assystens off Jhon Austen. And yff the above named Ages wolde refuse the honest order off these two honest men, I wyll that she shall have a portyon as ther dyscretyon wyll serve, and the resydew to be devydyd amongst my fryndes. Wyttnesses Wyllyam Balfford, curatt, Peter Peterson and Thomas Curson, Thomas Rutter, Roberd Nycollson.

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Friends of Cyprus said...

On the assumption that discuss is discuss your might be interested in the recent press release from the Friends of Cyprus

Friends of Cyprus
2 December 2008
Press Release
UK Politicians came and saw and learned from Cypriots
The Friends of Cyprus delegation has just completed its six day fact finding mission to Cyprus.
During their visit they met with President of Cyprus and Leader of the Greek Cypriot Community, Demetris Christofias, and Leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community, Mehmet Ali Talat, representatives of Greek and Turkish Cypriot Political Parties and Civil Society Representatives and Representatives of the International Community based in Cyprus.
Head of the Delegation, and Chair of the Friends of Cyprus, Lord Corbett of Castlevale said:
“We have given matching cut-glass holders and candles to the President and Mr Talat to express our hope that their negotiations will succeed. We have invited them to light these symbols of hope as they sign an agreement to build the new Cyprus. There are no problems which goodwill cannot overcome.”
Andrew Dismore: This was an excellent opportunity to catch up on developments since president Christofias’ election victory and the start of negotiations. Steady progress towards an agreement which is fair to all is better than rushed proposals that have little chance of long-term success. It is vital that the final agreement establishes a just and fair settlement within the parameters of the UN resolutions which provide for the right of all Cypriots to live in peace and security in a reunited Cyprus.
David Burrowes: I was pleased to see the beginnings of restoration of the old city of Nicosia. Slowly but surely the abandoned and damaged buildings near to the buffer zone are being restored and reused. The opening of the Ledra Street crossing has helped but confidence would be significantly built if passport controls were not required for Cypriots. Similarly it was heartening to see the Maronite village of Kormakitis being rebuilt and I look forward to the day when I return to the village being full of Maronite Cypriots.
Lord Dubs of Battersea: Almost all of the International Community is committed to clearing up land mines. It is therefore depressing that landmines have been in place in the Buffer Zone and adjacent areas since 1974. Clearance is stopping for lack of money and it is essential that donors are found to provide the 4 million euros necessary to complete the clearance in Cyprus to make the Zone safe for farmers and others.
Mary Honeyball: Visiting the Committee on Missing Persons laboratory and meeting all three members together was sad but also inspiring. Hearing about the way Cypriots have shared their grief and empathised with relatives in both communities is surely a hopeful sign for Cyprus. This good news story needs to be spread to the implementation of other confidence building measures. We look forward to the challenges that the New Year will bring with confidence that Cypriots together can make a settlement work.
Andy Love: Our delegation came to show our support and solidarity for the peace process and for finding a solution after decades of division. Guarantor Powers, like Britain, have a role in persuading the international community of the importance of these negotiations and the priority which must be given to ensuring a successful outcome of the current meetings between the two Communities.
Baroness Harris: We have just finished a most interesting and thoughtful visit, at times disappointing and at others inspiring, looking at the work of bringing Cypriots together. The amount of work that needs to be done by both Communities must not be underestimated but the signs of hope are very clear, learning from the perspective of the peace process in Northern Ireland. There as here compromises had to be found and I am convinced that both Communities will search together to find that solution. The minority Communities in both parts of the island must have proper recognition and their rights upheld. To deny these would be unthinkable. Having spoken to both Leaders I recognise the commitment to a peaceful and sustainable future and I commend their efforts which we will be supporting back in the UK.
Charles Tannock: Five years had gone by since my last visit. One of the most striking changes was the opening of the Ledra Street crossing which was a huge confidence building measure in terms of reconnecting the divided City of Nicosia, the only EU capital so divided. Unfortunately many Greek Cypriots refuse, as it implies a de facto two state situation, to avail themselves of this opening as it requires an international border style passport check with a paper visa when crossing the Green Line. Clearly the next CBM logical step would be a two channel system similar to entry into the Schengen area or the UK with a separate EU/EEA Citizen channel which would involve only flashing a travel document and with only occasional spot checks for security or immigration control reasons. I was struck by the need to have further imaginative and bold confidence building measures to avert an impasse. The most obvious one is to draw upon existing UNSC Resolutions for the right of return of Greek Cypriots to the City of Famagusta. This bold move would make it much easier for President Demetris Christofias to sell to his Community in a referendum any negotiated settlement, based on the 6 chapters. I was pleased to learn from that some of the EU allocation of €259 million was being spent in local infrastructure projects to facilitate a return by this ancient Christian community to their traditional homelands.
Note to Editors:
The Delegation was led by Lord Corbett of Castlevale, former MP Robin Corbett, Chair of the Friends of Cyprus and comprised the following:
Andrew Dismore MP (Hendon, London, Labour) and Vice Chair of Friends of Cyprus
David Burrowes MP (Enfield Southgate, Conservative)
Lord Dubs of Battersea (former MP Alf Dubs, Labour)
Baroness Harris (Member of the House of Lords, Liberal Democrat)
Mary Honeyball MEP (Member of the European Parliament for London, Labour)
Andy Love MP (Edmonton, London, Labour)
Charles Tannock MEP (Member of the European Parliament for London, Conservative)
• The delegation met with the Representative of Greek Cypriot Famagustians, Alexis Galanos at the Residence of the Swedish Ambassador, and the Representative of the Turkish Cypriot residents of Famagusta, Oktay Kayalp, in the old town of Famagusta.
• With help from Greek and Turkish Cypriot drivers and guides, they saw Famagusta, met with Greek Cypriots living in Rizokarpaso and visited the Apostolos Andreas Monastery.
• They tried to visit all four Maronite villages in the north of Cyprus, Ayia Marina, Asomatos, Karpasha and Kormakitis, meeting with many residents, priests and the House of Representatives, Maronite Representative, Antonis Hadjiroussos.
• They met with Sua Saracoglu and Vassos Vassiliou, the fathers of Kemal and Andreas, the two children who had leukaemia, but also peace symbols, who inspired the campaign in March 2000 to find bone marrow matching donors, at the Kemal Saracoglu Foundation in north Nicosia.
• On this visit they met with members of AKEL, DISY, DIKO and EDEK, the Republican Turkish Party, the Social Democratic Party, the United Cyprus Party, the New Cyprus Party and the Cyprus EU Association.
• They explored Nicosia within the walls, the Buffer Zone and both sides of the Green Line. They met with Nicosia Councillor Egli Kammitsis.
• They met with British High Commissioner, Peter Millett; the Swedish Ambassador, Ingemar Lindahl, Taye-Brook Zerihoun, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Chief of Mission, Colonel Gerard Hughes, Chief of Staff, UNFICYP and Commander British Contingent; Androulla Kaminara, Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus and the three Representatives on the Committee on Missing Persons, in the Anthropological Laboratory in the UN buffer zone, Elias Georgiades, Christophe Girod and Gulden Plomer Kuchuk and the staff of the Laboratory.
For more information contact:
Friends of Cyprus Coordinator, Mary Southcott 00 44 77 125 11931 or