The novel "Elizabeth and the Throne of the Copper City" was inspired by Bulgarian myths

The novel "Elizabeth and the Throne of the Copper City" was inspired by Bulgarian myths
The novel "Elizabeth and the Throne of the Copper City" was inspired by Bulgarian myths

The second novel by Peter Goliyski – “Elizabeth and the Throne of the Copper City” again meets us with the little girl Elizabeth we know from his first novel - "Elizabeth and the Mystery of the Living Water". The story takes young readers on the trail of an ancient manuscript, dangerous creatures and exciting adventures in a magical world. Elizabeth is a very ordinary girl who likes to go to the cinema, buy her clothes in bright colors and unnecessary curls and dreams of having a YouTube channel. But three months ago he found himself in the Magic Land, where he managed to find the Living Water and help his sick mother with it. Only her uncle believes the story of her adventures.He takes her to the People's Library, where they will take the manuscript of Constantine, and tells her the story of Ibris and Isidore Franca, of the Copper City and a looming calamity. Soon the little girl finds herself back in the Land of Magic with a new mission - to help the Arvar by triggering the defenses of the Copper Temple. To create the image of the main character, Petar Goliyski was inspired by real life and the "devil's angel" Elizabeth, his close friend. In the plot, the author weaves not only elements of Bulgarian folklore and myths, uses quite a few motifs from the Caucasus and Asia, but also historical artifacts.


“For a sample of the Constantine manuscript that Elizabeth and her uncle discover and with which the story begins, I used an eleventh-century Byzantine anti-Bogomil text. By the way, the Bogomils are also involved in "Elizabeth and the Throne of the Copper City". Also Byzantine in origin is the idea of ​​the Copper City and the Copper Temple in it.It is about a story from the 9th century, in which the magical heart of the Bulgarian capital Pliska is presented as a copper threshing floor, i.e. a copper threshing floor. When compiling the list of the serpent kings and human emperors of the Copper World, I combined the medieval "Name Book of Bulgarian Rulers" with the list of antediluvian kings of ancient Sumer. The idea of ​​the existence of an invisible network of seven temples among the stars is also of literary origin - it occurred to me while I was reading an Arab author from the 10th century who wrote about seven great temples in Asia before the rise of Islam," says Peter.

About some of the dangerous creatures that young readers will find among the pages of the novel, the author tells:

“Elizabeth and her companion Boyan first encounter Kurdal-Gundur, or the Blacksmith as he is better known. The image of Kovacha is based on motifs from Caucasian and Eurasian folklore. He is not originally evil, but for one reason or another he had to obey Irbis, the lord of Sambalut.Irbis is the main evil force in both Elizabethan books. He stands in the background, far away in his world of Sambalut, but at the same time his servants and soldiers make him a very real threat not only to Elizabeth and Boyan, but to all the magical worlds among the stars. The Blacksmith's servants, the gundurs, are largely borrowed from Bulgarian folklore."

The presentation of the novel "Elizabeth and the Throne of the Copper City" took place on September 11. It was part of the Cultural Program of the Alley of the Book - Sofia.

About the author: Petar Goliyski was born on August 4, 1976 in the city of Troyan. In 2000, he graduated with a degree in "Armenistics and Caucasian Studies" at the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". In April 2005, he defended his doctoral thesis on "Onomastic and lexical aspects of the Armenian ethnic presence in the Bulgarian lands during the Middle Ages". Since 2013, he has been leading classes as an associate professor in the Armenian Studies and Caucasology section of the Classical East Department at Sofia University.His scientific interests are in the history and mythology of the Danube and Volga Bulgarians, as well as in the history and culture of the peoples of the Caucasus and Central Asia. He is the author of the books "Ziezi, from whom the Bulgarians are. Pre-Christian religion and mythology", "The Bulgarians in the Caucasus and Armenia (II-X centuries)", "Armenia and the Iranian world I-V centuries", "The settlement of the Bulgarians on the Balkan Peninsula IV-VII centuries" (item 1 and item 2), as well as the children's novels Elizabeth and the Mystery of the Living Water and Elizabeth and the Throne of the Copper City.

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