A history of the First Bulgarian Empire

by Steven Runciman

fellow of Trinity college, Cambridge

 

G. Bell & Sons Ltd., London 1930

Printed in Great Britain by the Camelot Press Limited London and Southampton

 

dedicated by gracious permission to Boris III, Tsar of the Bulgarians

 

CONTENTS

 

BOOK I THE CHILDREN OF THE HUNS

   CHAPTER I THE FIVE SONS OF KING KUBRAT 3

   CHAPTER II BARBARIANS IN THE BALKANS 22

 

BOOK II THE GREAT POWERS OF EUROPE

   CHAPTER I AN EMPEROR’S SKULL 47

   CHAPTER II EXCURSION INTO THE WEST 71

   CHAPTER III THE AUCTION OF SOULS 99

 

BOOK III THE TWO EAGLES

   CHAPTER I EMPEROR OF THE BULGARS AND THE ROMANS 133

   CHAPTER II MEN OF GOD AND MEN OF BLOOD 184

   CHAPTER III THE END OF AN EMPIRE 217

 

EPILOGUE 255

 

APPENDICES

 

I ORIGINAL SOURCES FOR EARLY BULGARIAN HISTORY 265

II THE BULGARIAN PRINCES’ LIST 272

III ERNACH AND IRNIK 279

IV CHRISTIANITY AMONG THE SLAVS BEFORE THE NINTH CENTURY 281

V BULGAR TITLES 284

VI THE GREAT FENCE OF THRACE 288

 

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VII LEO THE ARMENIAN’S SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN 290

VIII MALAMIR AND PRESIAM 292

IX THE CYRILLIC AND GLAGOLITIC ALPHABETS 297

X SYMEON’S IMPERIAL MARRIAGE SCHEME 299

XI THE PEACE OF 927 AND PETER’S TITLE 301

XII THE CHRONOLOGY OF THE EMPEROR NICEPHORUS PHOCAS’S BULGARIAN WARS 303

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY 307

INDEX 325

 

MAP OF BULGARIA DURING THE FIRST EMPIRE at end

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