Histria Books is to release a paperback edition of Revelations of Byzantium: The Monasteries and Painted Churches of Northern Moldavia by Alan Ogden. The book is published by the Center for Romanian Studies, an independent academic research institute dedicated to promoting knowledge of Romanian history and culture in the world and whose books are published exclusively by Histria Books.
A cultural legacy
The monasteries and painted churches of Moldavia stand today as a testament to the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the Romanian people. As the Romanians living in the historical provinces of Wallachia, Moldavia, and Transylvania, which today form modern Romania, struggled to maintain their autonomy against Ottoman expansion, their relative freedom allowed them to express themselves both artistically and culturally. Among their most remarkable creations are the monasteries and painted churches of Moldavia, in north-eastern Romania, the subjects of this book. These monuments, unique in the world, reflect a cultural legacy inherited from Byzantium and the Roman Empire.
Byzantium after Byzantium
After the fall of Byzantium and the expansion of Ottoman rule throughout the Balkan Peninsula, the Romanian principalities became the most important depository of the Byzantine heritage. It was here that this tradition was preserved, having been passed on to the Romanians of the Middle Ages by their ancestors. From here, this heritage continued to spread throughout Europe and influence European society and culture, creating the historical phenomenon that the great Romanian historian Nicolae Iorga would refer to as “Byzantium after Byzantium.” The monasteries and painted churches of Northern Moldavia stand today as true revelations of Byzantium.
Unique history and artistic beauty
This full-colour, large format, album is written and photographed by Alan Ogden, the author of Romania Revisited: On the Trail of English Travellers, 1602-1941 and Fortresses of Faith: A Pictorial History of the Fortified Saxon Churches of Romania, both published by the Center for Romanian Studies. The author provides a comprehensive introduction discussing the art and architecture of the monasteries and painted churches of Northern Moldavia. Each church is then presented separately in words and pictures to reveal its own unique history and artistic beauty. Also included is an introduction to the history of Moldavia and Romanian lands during the Middle Ages by Kurt W Treptow, a noted specialist on Romanian history, and original illustrations by renowned artist, Octavian Ion Penda.
Revelations of Byzantium: The Monasteries and Painted Churches of Northern Moldavia (ISBN 978-1-59211-050-6) is available as paperback from 21 February 2021from Histria Books and all major book retailers.Last modified: January 26, 2021