Christianization of Bulgaria
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Baptism of the Pliska court by
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The Christianization of Bulgaria was the process by which 9th-century medieval
Because of Bulgaria's strategic position, the churches of both Rome and Constantinople each wanted Bulgaria in their sphere of influence. They regarded Christianization as a means of integrating
When Khan Boris began his reign in 852, the international situation in
On a larger scale, the tensions between
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Some time later, Khan Boris concluded an alliance with
In 861 Khan Boris concluded an alliance with East Frankish King
Khan Boris was more interested in the first Slavonic alphabet Cyril and Methodius had created. Bulgaria wanted to implement the Slavonic alphabet as well as a means to stop the cultural influence of the Byzantine Empire.
In the last months of 863 the Byzantines attacked Bulgaria again, probably after having been informed by their Moravian allies that Boris told the German king he was willing to accept Christianity and Byzantium had to forestall him from taking up Christianity from Rome. A Rome-dependent Bulgaria in the hinterland of Constantinople was a threat to the Byzantine Empire's immediate interests.