My European Faces: Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, was a Cypriot, Italian & European

When Catherine Cornaro, the last queen of the kingdom of Cyprus, abdicated & left her people in tears, the last state of the crusaders became a Venetian colony. She was a Cypriot, Italian & European

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My European Faces: Sir Isaiah Berlin, a political theorist, philosopher and historian of ideas, was Jewish, Latvian, British & European

Sir Isaiah Berlin OM CBE FBA, was a social and political theorist, philosopher and historian of ideas. The Independent stated that “Berlin was often described, especially in his old age, by means of superlatives: the world’s greatest talker, the century’s most inspired reader, one of the finest minds of our time … there is no doubt that he showed in more than one direction the unexpectedly large possibilities open to us at the top end of the range of human potential.” While Isaiah Berlin may have chosen during his life time to not engage in political activism or deal with his identity, he couldn’t choose being Jewish, Lativian, British & European.