Between Rome and Constantinople: Sketches from the anti-Catholic literature in Bulgaria 
and the Slavic Orthodox world (11th17th c.)

Author: Angel Nikolov. Language: Bulgarian with summary in English


     The main aim of the study is to reveal the important place of Bulgaria in the growing confessional confrontation between the Orthodox East and the Catholic West since the middle of the 11th century through the prism of the medieval Slavic polemical literature.


Table of contents

Chapter I. The Great Schism (1054) and its resonance among the Balkan Slavs

1. The Archbishopric of Ohrid between Constantinople and Rome

2. From the history of the Slavic ‘dossier’ of the Great Schism

The Slavonic translation of the First epistle of the Patriarch of Constantinople Michael Cerularius to the Patriarch of Antioch Peter III against the errors of the Latins (1054)

A Useful Tale about the Latins

A Short Tale about the Latins

Chapter II. Anti-Latin polemics and confessional confrontation between Orthodoxy and Catholicism in medieval Bulgaria (13th14th c.)

1. The polemical literature in Bulgaria in the light of an anti-Latin miscellany written in Tarnovo in the sixties of the 14th c.

2. The ritual deviations and bad habits of the Latin heretics in the Byzantine-Slavic polemical literature (two examples)

3. The Hungarian occupation of Vidin in 1365–1369 and the attempt to convert local Bulgarian population into Catholicism

Chapter III. The Slavic anti-Catholic literature in 15th17th c.: Reinvention and transformation of the medieval polemical tradition

1. Tale of how Rome fell from Orthodoxy: an unknown late medieval invective against the Papacy

2. Tale about the Impious Popes: an unpublished 17th c. pamphlet against the Papacy and the Union of Brest from the library of the Hilandar monastery


Между Рим и Константинопол. Из антикатолическата литература в България и славянския православен свят (XI-XVII в.)

Publisher Bulgarian Historical Heritage Foundation
Language Bulgarian with a summary in English
Pages 364
Illustrations b/w figures
Binding paperback
ISBN 978-954-8536-20-2
Creation date 2016
Size 16 х 24 cm

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