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The Romanian Countries in the Middle Ages: between Byzantium and the West

The 14th century represents an exceptional period for the Romanian Principalities. This time witnessed the creation of the medieval Romanian state with its two representatives: Walachia (situated to the south of the Carpathians) and, to the east, Moldavia.

Delivering stability: Primogeniture and autocratic survival in European monarchies 1000-1800

Although the dominating position of primogeniture at the end of the period might seem natural given primogeniture’s many advantages for the monarch and the ruling elite it was first rather late in history that the principle came to dominate Europe.

The Uses of Pragmatic Literacy in the Medieval Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia (from the State Foundation to the End of the Sixteenth Century)

The aim of my thesis is to reveal and understand processes behind the appearance and dissemination of literacy in the medieval principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia. I will focus on the social and cultural factors that contributed to the adoption and use of writing from the appearance of the state until the end of the sixteenth century.

The Black Dragon – Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula

The Black Dragon – Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula Annette Bauer – recorders, voice, percussion, citole, bells Phoebe Jevtovic – voice, bells Shira Kammen – vielle, harp, voice Tim Rayborn – psaltery, percussion ‘ud, citole Tonight, we were delighted that we had a fantastic opportunity to attend a concert by Cançonièr. Cançonièr, “songbook” […]

Holy Murals of Blue: Churches of Moldavia

Church walls entirely covered with colourful fresco paintings – a feature unique to the region of Moldavia in Romania. Moldavia has long been called the land where God lives. Many of the churches have frescoes here; seven of them have been inscribed as World Heritage. The Principality of Moldavia fought against Ottoman invasion in the […]

Iconographie et liturgie Le programme de l’abside de l’autel dans cinq monuments moldaves

Iconographie et liturgie Le programme de l’abside de l’autel dans cinq monuments moldaves Bedros, Vlad Studia Patzinaka, 5, 2007, pp. 91-120 Abstract Cette étude proposera une lecture de l’iconographie de cinq sanctuaires moldaves décorés à la fin du XVe siècle et au début du siècle suivant, par le biais de l’empreinte liturgique sur les choix […]

Magic in the House Functions of Images on Medieval Stoves Tiles from Transylvania, Moldavia and Walachia

Magic in the House Functions of Images on Medieval Stoves Tiles from Transylvania, Moldavia and Walachia Gruia, Ana Maria Studia Patzinaka, 5, 2007, pp. 7-46 Abstract The idea for this project was inspired by two different observations. First, during my work with stove tiles1 I always had the impression that something remained unsaid, that the […]

Saint George on Medieval Stove Tiles from Transylvania, Moldavia and Wallachia: An Iconographical Approach

Saint George on Medieval Stove Tiles from Transylvania, Moldavia and Wallachia: An Iconographical Approach Gruia, Ana Maria Studia Patzinaka, 3, 2006, pp. 7-48 Abstract If there is one preferred hero on medieval stove tiles, than that is definitely Saint George. Out of all the hundreds images depicted on stove tiles throughout Central and Eastern Europe, […]

Saint Ladislas on Stove Tiles

Saint Ladislas on Stove Tiles By Ana Maria Gruia Studia Patzinaka, 2, 2006 Abstract: Religious images and especially the saints are very frequent as stove tiledecoration in the central and later Middle Ages. Besides very popular saints who appear on a great number of tiles, there are also specific saints with a restricted area of […]

Royal Sainthood Revisited. New Dimensions of the Cult of Saint Ladislas (14th-15th centuries)

The saintly prince, Ladislas, then, espied a Pagan carrying on the back of his horse a beautiful Hungarian maiden.

Rolul ideologiei politice în apariţia şi fixarea tipului de necropolă voievodală în Moldova în secolele al XV-lea şi al XVI-lea

Rolul ideologiei politice în apariţia şi fixarea tipului de necropolă voievodală în Moldova în secolele al XV-lea şi al XVI-lea By Vlad Bedros Studia Patzinaka, 1, 2005 Abstract: În cultul ortodox anumite spaţii ale bisericii au înglobat şi funcţia funerară, fapt ce este în strânsă legătură actul de ctitorire; dreptul esenţial al ctitorului şi al […]

The Painted Churches of Northern Moldavia

The Painted Churches of Northern Moldavia By Vlad Bedros European Architectural History Network Newsletter, No.3 (2008) Introduction: When Moldavia joined the Byzantine Commonwealth at the beginning of the fifteenth century, monastic communities, seeking spiritual perfection in isolated valleys or clearings, benefitted from regular donations granted by the orthodox rulers who were eager to replicate the imperial tradition […]

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