Boris I (852 – 889)

IN A LATE AUTUMN NIGHT of 864 Boris and his closest associates were baptized in the palace in Pliska. Bulgaria was to become a Christian state. Heaving ascended the throne in 852 as Pressian’s successor, Boris I did not hesitate in forcing his people to give up pagan rites and adopt Christianity. He went so far as to order the execution of fifty-two nobles who had remained Faithful to their pagandom.

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