Prof. Nikolay Ovcharov: We cannot blame 14th century rulers for not assessing correctly the great Ottoman threat10 November 2017 | 13:29 | FOCUS News Agency
“The reign of Tsar Ivan Alexander was called the Second Golden Age. The first was that of Tsar Simeon, mainly in reference to culture development. During these 40 years, even when there were wars, there was a lot of construction going, a lot of fortresses were built. When the Turks came, the Ottoman chronicler Mehmed Nasri wrote that Bulgaria was the richest country with the most and strongest fortresses,” he said.
Prof. Ovcharov said that all his books were based on his archeological work. “People must know that we, archaeologists, are primarily historians. Archaeological data very well proved or disproved theories about a particular ruler, not only about Ivan Alexander. The proper use of archaeological data, which in the past few years had accumulated quite a lot, offers a fresh and more comprehensive look at the events that took place in the 13th-14th centuries,” the archeologist said.
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