The Fourth Crusade in the Historical Memory of the Eastern Orthodox Slavs
Category: Crusades
Language: English


     The monograph addresses the unexplored area of the Eastern Orthodox Slavs’ documented attitudes towards the Fourth Crusade and the sack of Constantinople in 1204. The author has analyzed all the relevant documents known today originating from Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Moldova, that give the picture as seen by contemporaries, followed by its evolution (or lack of such), making it influential until the 18th century. Comparisons are made with relevant Greek and West European sources. The research deals with a rich variety of narratives, i.e. chronicles, hagiography, prophecies, official and ecclesiastical correspondence, and epigraphy; she infers on the historical consciousness of the Mediaeval Slavs, their political propaganda and religious identity.


Table of contents


Chapter One: The Fall of Constantinople in April 1204 in the Memory of Contemporaries

1. Western Authors on the Fourth Crusade and the Fall of Constantinople

2. The Anonymous Russian Account of the Capture of Constantinople by the Franks

3. The Accounts by Russian Pilgrims

Chapter Two: Between Religion and History

1. Reflections of the Fourth Crusade in Contemporary Written Accounts

2. The Serbian and Bulgarian Lives of Saints

3. Prophecies in Byzantium, Serbia and Bulgaria

Chapter Three: Historical Memories of the Fall of Constantinople in 1204

1. Short Chronicles in Byzantium and Bulgaria

2. Serbian and Russian Chronicles

3. Chronographs



1. The Anonymous Russian Account of the Capture of Constantinople by the Franks

2. Archbishop Anthony of Novgorod’s Pilgrim’s Book – Kniga Palomnik (A Description of Constantinople in 1200)

3. The Nikon Chronicle (Excerpt)

4. A Serbian Sixteenth-Century Chronograph (Excerpts)

5. The Branković Chronicle (Excerpts)




Четвъртият кръстоносен поход в историческата памет на православните славяни


Publisher Tendril
Language English
Pages 300
Illustrations b/w figures
Binding hardback
ISBN 978-954-92809-4-4
Creation date 2013
Size 16 х 24 cm

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