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Legal Vocabulary Related To The Supreme State Power

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This chapter outlines two terms that originated from the languages of the people of the Eurasian steppe: one is the Bulgar chertog, and the other is from Mongol - horugva. There is one word of Georgian origin - pechat. These three words are an exotic set and do not define the mediaeval Bulgarian legal vocabulary related to supreme state power. In systematising and dividing the terms included in the chapter into types one obtain three basic groups: words related to the institution of ruler in Bulgaria; words designating supreme central state institutions other than that of the ruler; words related to other positions of rule; and words connected to the idea of power and exercise of power. The chapter examines the basic terms related to the monarchic institution, but likewise to other supreme state power orders in mediaeval Bulgaria, which should enable to reach conclusions that gives a picture in the perspective of terminology.

Keywords: legal vocabulary; mediaeval Bulgaria; supreme state power

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