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Богомилите в църковноюридическите текстове и паметници
The Bogomils in Canon-law Texts and Manuscripts

Author(s): Mariyana Tsibranska-Kostova, Mariya Raykova
Subject(s): Language studies
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN

Summary/Abstract: THE BOGOMILS IN CANON-LAW TEXTS AND MANUSCRIPTS MARIYANA TSIBRANSKA-KOSTOVA, MARIYA RAYKOVA (SOFIA) (Summary) The article deals with the problem of how the Bogomils are presented in Slavic juridical manuscripts and what is the place of the texts about them among the other textual components. It is well known that unlike the rich documentation of the heretic movements in Medieval Western Europe, the Slavic written sources about the Bogomils are very limited in their number and type. Apart from the famous Cosmas’ Treatise against the Bogomils from the end of the tenth – beginning of the eleventh century, most of the testimonies represent full or abridged translations of existing Greek originals. Nevertheless, it might be presumed that the Slavic priests and monks (who have been the main editors of the juridical miscellanies) undertook some modification, adaptation and additions. Moreover, in spite of the poor data about the Bogomils and the scarcity of the Bogomils’ original works, the treatment of their dogmas, of their religious and social behavior finds its expectable place in the texts of Canon Law. The collected examples of anti-heretical texts prove the large spreading of this heresy, its substantial role in the Bulgarian, South Slavic and Balkan milieu and reveal the attitude of the medieval society towards them. These texts are gathered especially from manuscripts in depositories in Romania and Russia, where these texts were copied until the seventeenth century. Two very precious units from Bulgarian book holdings – MS slav. 1160 from the Library of the Church Historical and Archaeological Institute (fourteenth century) and MS slav. 1117 from the National Library (fifteenth century), both in Sofia, are among the most important sources on Bogomils in the medieval Slavic studies.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 39-40
  • Page Range: 197-219
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Bulgarian