Lucia (r. 1288–1289)

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Lucia (r. 1288–1289)

Countess of Tripoli. Name variations: Lucy of Antioch; princess of Antioch. Ruled from 1288 to 1289; daughter of Bohemund VI, prince of Antioch and count of Tripoli (r. 1252–1275), and Sibylla of Armenia; younger sister of Bohemund VII (d. 1287), count of Tripoli (r. 1275–1287); married Narjot of Toucy (a grand admiral).

The daughter of Bohemund VI and Sibylla of Armenia , Lucia married Narjot of Toucy, the former grand admiral under Sicily's king Charles of Anjou, and went to live in Apula. When her brother Bohemund VII died childless in 1287, Lucia was named heir, but the succession was bitterly opposed by her mother. In the interim, a Commune was established as the sovereign authority, but with maneuvering, Lucia won over the nobles of Tripoli as well as the Commune and came into power. Meanwhile her rivals had enlisted the sultan Qalawun from Cairo to intervene, and in 1289, he launched an assault on Tripoli. Lucia was deposed and escaped to Cyprus, while her subjects were either massacred or captured as slaves.