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On the supposed attack of the Venice fleet on Nesebar in 1257


Authors:
Nikolay Markov National History Museum, Bulgaria

Pages: 359-368

Abstract:

The article presents some comments on a source, well-known to the researchers of the medieval Bulgarian history under the name “Venetian Anonym from 1268”, which tells the story about the relics of St. Theodore found in the city of Mesemvria in 1257 and transferred to Venice. The comparative analysis of numerous other sources from the period makes me conclude that the data presented in the Anonym raise serious doubts in their authenticity. It also found out that the earliest securely dated text presenting the story of that event was a “communication” from the well-known chronicle of the Doge of Venice, Andrea Dandolo composed in the 40’s of the 14th century. It seems that the story of the “Venetian Anonym from 1268” accepted until now as authentic is a beautiful, but politically motivated fabrication of the Doge of the Republic Andrea Dandolo.

Keywords:

Mesembria, source, Venetian Anonym from 1268, Venice, Andrea Dandolo.

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