Oshin, King of Armenia

King of Armenia
Reign 1307–1320
Predecessor Levon III
Successor Levon IV
Born 1282
Died July 20, 1320

Isabel of Korikos

Isabelle of Lusignan

Jeanne of Anjou

Issue Two sons
House Hethumids
Father Leo II, King of Armenia
Mother Keran, Queen of Armenia

Oshin (Armenian: Օշին) (1282 – July 20, 1320) was king of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, ruling from 1307 to 1320. He was a member of the Hetoumid-family, the son of Leo II, King of Armenia and Queen Keran.

Oshin became king on the death of his nephew Leo III and brother Hethum at the hands of the Mongol general Bilarghu. He was supported by the Mongol Ilkhan Oljeitu, who had ordered the execution of Bilarghu for the assassination.

Oshin favored a union of the Armenian and Roman churches, which aroused no little popular discontent. In 1309, he had his wife's uncle Oshin, Marshal of Armenia, executed for the murder of his brother Thoros III.

His sister Isabella of Armenia had married Amalric of Tyre, and when Amalric usurped the government of Cyprus from his brother Henry II of Cyprus, Henry was held in Armenia by Oshin. He was, however, released and returned to Cyprus on the assassination of Amalric in 1310.

Oshin was married three times:

On his death on July 20, 1320, Oshin was succeeded by his minor son Leo IV (sometimes referred to as Leo V). It was popularly believed that Oshin was poisoned by his cousin (and brother-in-law) Oshin of Corycos.


Oshin, King of Armenia
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Levon III
King of Armenia
Succeeded by
Levon IV
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