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The book “Invincible in Power and Unsurpassable in Bravery - The Bulgarian Tsar Samuel (†1014)” has been The book “Invincible in Power and Unsurpassable in Bravery - The Bulgarian Tsar Samuel (†1014)” has been released

23.10.2014
Invincible in Power and Unsurpassable in Bravery - The Bulgarian Tsar Samuel (†1014) is the title of a book published as a catalog of a travelling poster exhibition bearing the same name. Both the book and the exhibition are the outcome of the earnest endeavors of two institutions: The National Archaeological Institute with Museum (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) and The Centre for Slavo-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Dujčev” at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

The edition constitutes part of a wider range of national events scheduled to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the Battle near Klyuch Village (July 29th 1014) and the subsequent death of Tsar Samuel (997-1014) on October 6th 1014. It has been generously funded by the target State subsidies assigned for the commemorating initiatives (Council of Ministers Decree № 18 from February 7th, 2014).

Through images and concise texts in Bulgarian and in English, this comprehensive survey aims to shed light on the complicate time when Tsar Samuel lived and ruled, on his great and tragic figure. The book recounts a narrative about his family and his historical legacy, about the fortitude and wisdom of his reign, about the greatness and the weaknesses of the leaders, about the victories, mistakes, and challenges. The book reveals the dignity with which the Bulgarians stood up and fought to preserve their independence in the face of the mighty Byzantine Empire, at the moment of its medieval apogee. Miniatures and texts from medieval chronicles, stone inscriptions, archaeological data, maps, graphic reconstructions and models are gathered along with contemporary photographs of monuments and sites where Bulgarians used to live, and where they defended the independence of their state. All these materials reveal the drama of the epic half-century-long collision between Bulgaria and Byzantium (968-1018).

In the center of the proposed picture story stands out the figure of the energetic ruler and tough warrior Samuel – the youngest son of the powerful boil komes (count) Nicholas. This is not simply a story about a medieval ruler. It is above all a story about the struggle for Bulgarian statehood, its greatness and historical significance. That is the reason why this story is so important for us, modern-day Bulgarians.

The authors express their cordial gratitude to all institutions and colleagues who provided their own photographs, and thus made possible the present scientific and popular edition.


Albena Milanova, Metodi Zlatkov. Invincible in Power and Unsurpassable in Bravery - The Bulgarian Tsar Samuel (†1014). Sofia, NAIM-BAS and Centre for Slavo-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Dujčev”, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. 2014. ISBN: 9789549472325. 87 pages.