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Saints’ Relics Acquired during the Wars of the Second Bulgarian Empire


Authors:
Aneliya Markova “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Pages: 392-406

Abstract:

The practice, connected to the transferring of relics, imported to the Bulgarian tradition from Byzantium, can be treated as a part of Bulgarian rulers’ “Empire idea”, which has changed at the beginning of 13th century. The formation of an independent pantheon of saints helps to successfully Trinova’s competition with Constantinople and striving for the Bulgarian capital to become “Third Rome”. After the conquest of Constantinople by the Latins in 1204, Bulgarian empire has claimed to be new Christian centre in the Balkans. The construction of its own pantheon of saints’ relics is a necessity for realization of the Bulgarian tsar’s imperial claims. The creation and following of this tradition led its beginning of the military actions and become a part of the ideological platform of the Bulgarian tsars.

Keywords:

relics, wars, pantheon, ideological idea.

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