Oldest Bulgarian history discovered
1 December, 2017
The original manuscript of a history of Bulgaria, written by a Bulgarian and long considered lost, has been found, news wires reported. The treatise, compiled by Sofia Roman Catholic Archbishop Petar Bogdan Baksic in 1667-68 in Latin, was discovered in the Modena public library by Bulgarian researcher Prof. Liliya Ilieva.
The manuscript consists of close to 200 pages, with a preface, 70 chapters, documents and an epilogue. Some fragments of the text were previously known under the Croatian priest and philologist Ivan Pastric edition. It is believed that Bogdan sent the text to the Vatican for publication, but it was only printed in Venice in 1674, some years after his death.
Petar Bogdan was born in 1601 in Chiprovtsi, Northwest Bulgaria. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1618, studied at the Vatican, and in 1642 was appointed Archbishop of Sofia, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Bulgaria. “Now when I am too old, the only thing to support me is the thought of my country,” Bogdan wrote in the introduction to his History of Bulgaria. The full text will be scholarly published next year.