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1: The Historical And Religious Situation In Cilician Armenia In The Second Half Of The Twelfth And Beginning Of The Thirteenth Century

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All scholars who have, in one way or another, dealt with the Letter of Love and Concord agree that it was created sometime during the Cilician period of Armenian history, that is, roughly, between the twelfth and the fourteenth centuries. In order to understand for what purpose such a document was forged in Cilician Armenia, it is imperative to have a clear idea of the countrys political and religious milieu, especially the political/royal ideology developed by the ruling dynasty of the Rubenids, and the new currents of thought in contemporary ecclesiological circles. The eleventh century witnessed a large emigration of Armenians westward. Throughout the twelfth century official contacts between the heads of Armenian and Roman Churches intensified. The same century also witnessed a new breath in negotiations aimed at re-establishing a union between Armenian and Byzantine Orthodox Churches.

Keywords: Cilician Armenia; Letter of Love and Concord; religious milieu; twelfth century

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