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Old 02-05-2022, 02:24 PM   #222
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On the "territory" which broke away from 'Byzantine'/Roman government rule, the state of the Asenids was formed, in approx. 1185/1186 AD. The "Vlachs" from the area between Haemus mountain range (Balkan/Stara Planina) and the Danube, appeared in the foreground on the political scene, from whose ranks were the founders of the empire in Trnovo.

For the Latin sources of that time, a new state of "Bulgarians and Vlachs", or only "Vlachs" was formed, hence the name Bulgaria et Vlachia or Vlachia (Blaquie) and from there in some Latin authors "land of Vlachs" (terra Blachorum); in the area of "Bulgarian Forest" (silva Bulgariae), "Bulgarian region" (regiones Bulgariae), and "Bulgarian desert" (desertum Bulgariae), and that "at the end of the deserted lands is the city of Sredets, the beginning of Romania" (In fine deserti est civitas Stralis, caput Romanie...). From this it is understandable that these lands were inhabited by Blachi during the XII-XIII centuries.

In one part of the vast land between Haemus mons and Ripaei montes or the Carpathians, Gervase of Tilbury mentions at the beginning of the 13th century, more precisely in 1211, the "land of the Vlachs" (terra Blacti), which he placed between "Ravno and Nish" (vicus Ravana et vicus Nifa). Vicus Ravana, a place mentioned in other Latin sources as civitas or oppidum Rabinel/Rabnel, is the medieval town of Ravno, near today's Ćuprija on Morava, and vicus Nifa is a corrupted form of Nissa, derived from the ancient name Naissus. "Vlachs" from these regions appear to have migrated (south-to-north movements) in rather substantial numbers.
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