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This introductory chapter of the book The Making of Christian Moravia (858-882) gives an overview of concepts of subsequent chapters covered in the book. The book examines the creation of the Moravian archdiocese, of which St. Methodius was the first incumbent, in the context of ninth-century papal policy in central and south-eastern Europe. Another important factor in the choice of topic for the book is the conflict between the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches surrounding Cyril and Methodius. Conversely, the Catholic Church emphasized the Roman aspects of the history of the two brothers. The first chapter of the book investigates how both religious and nationalistic concerns have influenced the reconstruction of the history of the archdiocese of Methodius. The second chapter investigates the origins of the archdiocese of Methodius. The letters, as instruments of a conscious choice to build relationships, are interesting from a linguistic angle.

Keywords: archdiocese of Methodius; Catholic church; Christian Moravia



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