Armenia and the Crusades: Tenth to Twelfth Centuries: The by Ara Edmond Dostourian, Foreword by Krikor H. Maksoudian

By Ara Edmond Dostourian, Foreword by Krikor H. Maksoudian

This can be a translation of the Chronicle of 12th-century Armenian historian, Matthew of Edessa. The Chronicle, which covers the interval from 925 advert to 1162 advert, bargains with occasions in Armenia and top Mesopotamia. It additionally refers to occasions within the Byzantine Empire and people conquered by way of the Crusaders. The advent to the publication discusses the historian's existence, paintings and attitudes.

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Then the emperor Nicephorus turned back very victorious, and with innumerable captives and much booty he came and entered the imperial city, Constantinople. He kept the sons of Romanus, Basil and Constantine, near him in the palace with great honor and in magnificent splendor. 8. In the year 418 of the Armenian era [969-970] there was a certain man convicted to die who was on the island used as a prison; his name was Tzimisces. 1 The wicked and abominable empress2 secretly sent for him, and as if by order of the emperor removed him from the island and brought him to Constantinople without the emperor's knowledge.

Then the emperor Basil gathered together troops from all the lands of his empire and, full of rage, invaded the country of the Bulgars, ravaging the land with the sword and enslavement. On the other hand the Bulgar king, Ali Osman, gathering together an army, came against Basil with many troops, and a violent battle was fought on both sides. The Bulgar king defeated Basil and turned all of his troops in flight right up to Constantinople. Much booty and captives were taken from Basil's forces, and the emperor himself entered Constantinople humiliated.

The Armenian forces went against him and by a great victory vanquished that wicked magnate and, slaughtering his troops, caused him to flee. s Leaving that place after three years, he came and died in the land of the Romans, among his own people. 29. In the year 432 of the Armenian era [983-984] the holy Armenian patriarch Vahan died, having occupied the see of St. Gregory for five years.! His lordship Stephen,2 a godly man endowed with all the good virtues which are in Christ Jesus, was consecrated to the see of the Armenian catholicate.

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