Warrior Saints in Old Bulgarian Art
Legends & Reality
By Nikolai Ovcharov
Translated from Bulgarian By Angela Lazarova-Petrova
122 pages, Illustrated, 6 ½" x 9 ¼"
$79.50 Paper Original
A saint and a warrior are completely incompatible notions in the frames of initial Christian beliefs. It is Christian religion that preaches: "Resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also"(Matt. 5:39). Moreover, it was naked and defenseless Christians who were thrown in lion cages for the amusement of Roman spectators. Humble and lenient as it was, their prayer to God was the one and only support they had. In their prayers they would ask mercy to come even upon their tormentors who had no other fault but being incapable of having deeper insight into the future. Violence was completely alien to that religion. Contents include: The Unusual Saints; Emperors, Martyrs, Patricians and Warriors (10th-12th c.); Voevodes and Courtiers of the Heavenly Tsar (13th-15th c.); Guardians of Faith (16th-17th c.)
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