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War-captives and Byzantino-Bulgarian relations of the Eighth century


Authors:
Yanko Hristov Sout-West University of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Pages: 254-263

Abstract:

Not surprisingly, one can say that without attention to the captivity and the fate of prisoners of war studies concerning relations between Bulgarian khanate and Byzantine Empire hardly would have achieved considerable accomplishment. Along with this, however, as regards the monitoring of aspects about the fate of the war-captives in the VIII century it looks as if there are enough things to add. The very moment of those caught up in enemy’s hands, apart from not such a large number of references in early medieval written sources, is usually passed by. Such a condition of the historical database must have been taken into consideration in an effort to explore the issue of war-captives in struggles between Byzantium and Bulgaria at all. Despite the obstacle and difficulties an attempt to explore the issues of war-captives’ fate is motivated by the pulse, dynamics and changes or military successes and failures during the turbulent Byzantino-Bulgarian relations of the Early Medieval epoch.

Keywords:

Prisoners of war, Captivity, Execution, Exchange and ransom, Byzantino-Bulgarian relations.

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