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Хералдическото отражение на отвъддунавска България
The Heraldic Reflection of Bulgaria beyond the Danube

Author(s): Stoyan Antonov
Subject(s): History
Published by: Институт за исторически изследвания - Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: In the heraldic collections of the 15th-19th c. can be discovered identical coats of arms of different political subjects. These .anomalies. concern states in a periphery which a heraldic centre of a kind symbolically adopted and explained. In the non-heraldic European Southeast such a centre was the Hungarian Kingdom. The need for symbolic legitimation of a particular statute, obtained as a result of conquests or claims, led to the creation of coats of arms also of Bulgaria as a Hungarian possession. In different periods the same emblems represented also Danubian Slavonia, Wallachia and Koumania. On the basis of the few published descriptions and images and of more general and culturological methodology in the article is sought a correspondence between the historical fact (the occupation of the Bulgarian lands beyond the Danube by the Hungarians in 1252), the political nomenclature (Bulgaria, Wallachia and Koumania), the geographical nature (the territory between the Danube, Olt and the Garpathians) and a certain heraldic reality (the coats of arms with a lion between a star and a crescent and with a running wolf). In this way should be considered the heraldic reflection of Bulgaria beyond the Danube whereby Bulgarian heraldic science is enriched as a sphere and method of study.

  • Issue Year: 2001
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 237-247
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Bulgarian