Archaeologist Alfred Westholm, alias Alfiros, visited Kythrea:

Today we had a Sunday with an automobile outing and our destination was an enormous spring above a village called Kythrea east of Nicosia. The spring is famous...

Sir Samuel Baker, travelling around the island for a whole year  realised the difficult terrain he was crossing:

The 17th February was a day of considerable bodily exercise, as we arrived at a series of watercourses as deep and broad...

Alfred Westholm wrote to his parents:

The final surge at Soli was rather horrible. It ended with two days and nights of uninterrupted work following a night of about 4 hours sleep.On the last day I could not stand upright for more...

Ruby, wife of Charles Freedman Jackson, who was director of the Skouriotissa Mines and lived in the Skouriotissa monastery complex, wrote to Harold and Charlotte:

After dinner we drove home by way of Mr Gunther’s where we had tea. ...

Lieut-Colonel Benjamin Donisthorpe Donne, district officer of Limassol, was inspecting the area of Episcopi village:

Episcopi is one of the prettiest villages in the island, surrounded by orange gardens etc. ...

Rupert Gunnis, ADC to Sir Ronald Storrs, had his first experience of a Turkish funeral:

To Fakkri Bey’s funeral, badly managed as they kept us waiting 1 ½ hours outside the mosque! The coffin lay on a table in the porch...

Lieut-Colonel Donisthorpe Donne, district officer of Limassol, investigated a murder mystery: 

Parsons and I rode out together on the 21st to a village called Kaimakli to take sworn evidence on a murder case which he followed up by...

Ornithologist F H H Guillemard visited Cyprus twice. During his first visit he met many British officers:

Arrived at Larnaka about 4.00pm. Fought Miss Burke into a boat, and found myself and luggage into another. Passed the customs and...

 Alfred Wstholm has his first encounter with George Jeffery:

This work at Vouni has brought me into contact with a highly eccentric person, none less than Cyprus’s chief of antiquities, an old and fantastic eccentric...

From the diaries of USA Consul General Taylor Belcher:

Lovely day! Leisurely breakfast, then drove to Kyrenia. Drove home via Lamboussa, Karavas and up through Myrtou, just beyond Lamboussa drove down fascinating dirt road towards...

Writing to his parents, Alfred Westholm of the Swedish expedition to Cyprus poured out his thoughts and romantisicm:

Evening is here. Night comes down over Vouni. The quiet, finely tuned humming choir starts up... 

After Louis of Savoy died in April 1462, Charlotte, Queen of Cyprus, was devastated. Leto Severis continues the story:

On the 25th February 1485, Charlotte, tired and disappointed, decided to cede her rights to the throne of Cyprus...