Saturday, June 16, 2012

Blog 15 Midsummer New Year of Johns Eve 2012
The Barron's House and Garden in Burtnieki Township.
To continue, re Wikipedia: after the murder of Fyodor and Ioann [987], early medieval Rus saw persecutions against Christians, many of whom escaped or concealed their belief….

“However, Prince Vladimir mused over the incident long after, and not least for political considerations. According to the early Slavic chronicle called Tale of Bygone Years, which describes life in Kyivan Rus' up to the year 1110, he sent his envoys throughout the civilized world…. They [the envoys] were most impressed with their visit to Constantinople, saying, "We knew not whether we were in Heaven or on Earth… We only know that God dwells there among the people, and their service [Service--could this be interpreted as form of government?--blogger] is fairer than the ceremonies of other nations."….

“The Primary Chronicle reports that in the year 987, as the result of a consultation with his boyars, Vladimir sent envoys to study the religions of the various neighboring nations…. Ultimately Vladimir settled on Orthodox Christianity….  

“In 988, having taken the town of Chersonesos in Crimea, [Vladimir] boldly negotiated for the hand of the emperor Basil II's sister, Anna. Never before had a Byzantine imperial princess, and one "born-in-the-purple" at that, married a barbarian…. Vladimir, however, was baptized at Cherson, taking the Christian name of Basil [Basil means ‘king’, which was also what the sign (an invention, imo--said obove the head of Jesus--blogger] out of compliment to his imperial brother-in-law; the sacrament was followed by his wedding with Anna. Returning to Kiev in triumph, he destroyed pagan monuments [Click: and go to, re “Aftermath”] and established many churches, starting with the splendid Church of the Tithes (989) and monasteries on Mt. Athos.

Arab sources, both Muslim and Christian, present a different story of Vladimir's conversion. Yahya of Antioch, al-Rudhrawari, al-Makin, Al-Dimashqi, and ibn al-Athir[14] all give essentially the same account. In 987, Bardas Sclerus and Bardas Phocas revolted against the Byzantine emperor Basil II. Both rebels briefly joined forces, but then Bardas Phocas proclaimed himself emperor on 14 September 987. Basil II turned to the Kievan Rus' for assistance, even though they were considered enemies at that time. Vladimir agreed….; he also agreed to accept Christianity as his religion and bring his people to the new faith. When the wedding arrangements were settled, Vladimir [?in memory of his new queen’s orgasm…--blogger] dispatched 6,000 troops to the Byzantine Empire and they helped to put down the revolt....

“He then formed a great council out of his boyars [988], and set his twelve sons over his subject principalities.”

Does not this sound like the princes (aka boyars) who forced the Magna Charta on king John of England? Was not King John of England of  ancient self-sacrificial tradition—as Tsar Vladimir?

However, why did Vladimir convert? Was it only because of Anna’s wild orgasms on wedding night? Or was he forced to convert by the boyars—as the English King John was forced by his princes to sign the Magna Carta? The Magna Carta signed in 1215 appears to have been signed over two hundred years later than Vladimir formed his great council (988)?

Have not the oligarchs determined ever since as to who writes the laws of the country?
To help solve the chronological riddle (why the great gap of years?), we must take into consideration the Russian mathematician Anatoly Fomenko, who argues in his “History: Fiction or Science?” that the years as configured by Western historians are not to be trusted, as the dating occurred after the Catholic Council of Trent , which Council tried to undo not only the reforms of the Protestant Reformation, but also the trend of thought that had been liberated with it. It was the Council’s chief historian. Scaligeri, who shifted events forwards or backwards in time  according to his own ideas or dictates of the prejudices of the Catholic Church. This in turn became an indirect causus belli for the Thirty Year War  (70 years later) and resulted in the famous Peace of Westphalia (1648), a source for agreements and, yes, continuous disagreements over much of Western orientation and prejudices.

The question over the origins of Christianity is one of the unresolved investigations that the Westphalia Treaty put an end to.

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