On May 11, 2022, the day we celebrate the Slavic first teachers, the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius, the National History Museum will present to the public the publications, the fruit of the scientific research of the museum's specialists.

Presentation of the publications of the National History Museum

On May 11, 2022, the day we celebrate the Slavic first teachers, the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius, the National History Museum will present to the public the publications, the fruit of the scientific research of the museum's specialists.

In the past 2021 and the beginning of 2022, the National History Museum published several books, among them the next volume 34 of the NIM Bulletin, dedicated to one of the most prolific scientists in the museum, Nikolai Markov. Much could be written about him and his interests in the field of museum work and the problems of our medieval history. In the introduction to the volume, Alexander Minchev tried to do this, whose presentation of the multifaceted personality of Nikolay Markov is both tracing his long journey through science and museum work, as well as that of a close friend. The list of Nikolay Markov's publications during all these years, during which he gave himself for the benefit of the family, is impressive. In the collection, with the editor-in-chief Prof. Ivan Hristov, deputy director of the NIM, more than 20 articles from the fields of archaeology, numismatics, history, museum work have been collected in more than 500 pages.

One long-awaited publication is the collection of reports from the international conference on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the inclusion of the Boyan Church "St. Nicholas and St. Panteleimon" in the list of UNESCO monuments. Reports with a huge contribution to the study of the history of the monument and the frescoes have been published in the collection. Of particular contribution is the publication of the newly discovered inscription on the column that carried the altar table of the temple. The deep analyzes of details of the mural decoration from the middle of the XNUMXth century in the church are extremely important for the understanding of the historical processes in medieval Bulgaria.

The fruit of long-term studies of the history and archeology of the Black Sea coast is Prof. Ivan Hristov's monograph "Peninsula/Island of Saint Thomas. History and Archeology of the Black Sea Islands'. This is the first generalizing work in the field of island archeology of the Western Black Sea. Fascinatingly written, the pages take us to a fascinating island world that has been undeservedly overlooked until now.

A publication that is the first of its kind to explore the history of the Radecki is the result of several years of work to restore the ship and relaunch it last year. In the book, authored by Mihail Simov, head of the department "History of Bulgaria during the Renaissance of the XVIII-XIX centuries" at the National Museum of Natural History, facts are presented in an accessible language, which will be interesting both for schoolchildren and students, as well as for all those who wish to learn more about the glorious history of the ship Radetsky.

The publication of the memoirs of Hristo Kalfov aims to enrich the source sources on the personality of Tsar Boris III and on the short, but full of tension, social opposition and drama period from the beginning of the 20s of the XNUMXth century. He graduated from the Military School in Sofia and the Military Academy in Turin, Italy. He occupies a special place in the palace. Military teacher of the heir to the throne and wing-adjutant of Tsar Boris III, Kalfov is one of the monarch's closest associates and his faithful assistant.
The memories of Hristo Kalfov came to the National History Museum by chance. The credit goes to Marcelo Ruben Zafirov, who in the spring of 2013 saved Kalfov's archive by taking it out in two large boxes, shortly before the house where his son Stefan lived with his wife Ani Cheshmedzhieva was demolished. The archive has been handed over to the CDA. A small part of it, among which are the memories of Hr. Kalfov, remain in the NIM fund. The analytical text and reading of the memories is the work of Valentina Zadgorska, head of the "New and Recent History" department at NIM.
"I have been to three countries, all three of which are called Bulgaria. The first Bulgaria lies where you cross from Hungary through the Iron Gate and the capital is called Vidin. The other Bulgaria lies opposite Wallachia and the capital and is called Tarnovo. And the third Bulgaria lies where the Danube flows into the sea and the capital is Kaliakra". These words from the travelogue of the German traveler Hans Schiltberger show the importance that Kaliakra had at the end of the XNUMXth century. After the publication of the book about the treasure from Kaliakra, Assoc. Dr. Bonnie Petrunova, director of the NIM and a long-time researcher of Kaliakra, in co-authored with Ivan Chokoev and Rosen Peevski, sheds light on one of the most intriguing finds of recent years. The book "Georgi. An Unknown Aristocrat from Kaliakra" is an important contribution not only to archeology but also to the history of Kaliakra and the Dobruja despotism. Who was George Makris, what was his relationship with the despot Dobrotitsa and with the famous Byzantine imperial family of the Palaeologians? All this is detailed in this exemplary and solid archaeological work.

The publications of the National History Museum will be presented in the Sunny Hall on May 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

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