Would like to begin by drawing the attention of the reader to the words ‘in Cilicia’ in the title of this work. Although the work traces an important aspect of the history of Armenians during the Middle Ages, the reader should nonetheless be cognizant of the centrality of the truth that the author merely recounts the transient history of a kingdom that took form in a land which was not the traditional homeland of the people whose history he tells. 

This opulent, characteristically medieval, history of Armenians is appropriately a history of a kingdom in exile. Persistent forces of circumstance had urged the distraught kings and nobles of the ancient land of Armenia to extract themselves from the crumbling remains of their native homeland and transplant their roots into a faraway land where they felt they might have a reasonable chance to start anew.