141 A Constitution and a Prince

In this episode, Bulgaria's Constituent Assembly begins the work of agreeing on a Constitution and finding a foreign prince. As this occurs, the first political factions begin to develop, creating dangerous divisions ready to exploit the system of government which wasn't even fully decided.



Major Characters in this Episode

Petko Karavelov

Alexander Battenberg

Prince Dondukov


Timeline for this Episode

  • 2nd February 1879, Lyuben Karavelov dies of tuberculosis in Ruse

  • 22nd February 1879, The founding assembly to write the constitution in Tarnovo began.

  • 11th March 1879, A memorandum is written by the founding assembly to the Great Powers against the Berlin Treaty.

  • April 3, 1879, Sofia is chosen as Bulgaria’s capital on the suggestion of Marin Drinov

  • 10th April 1879, A religious assembly of officials from around Bulgaria gathered in Tarnovo to discuss the church’s future organization.

  • 26th April 1879, The European commission unilaterally accepts the organic statute of Eastern Rumelia which brings substantial autonomy.

  • 28th April 1879, The Tarnovo Constitution is accepted.

  • 29th April 1879, The first National Assembly held a secret meeting in Tarnovo where they unilaterally chose Prince Alexander Battenberg as the candidate to rule Bulgaria.


The front cover of the Tarnovo Constitution
The front cover of the Tarnovo Constitution

The first page of the Tarnovo Constitution (in Bulgarian and Russian)
The first page of the Tarnovo Constitution (in Bulgarian and Russian)

The building where the Constituent Assembly met to finalize the Tarnovo Constitution
The building where the Constituent Assembly met to finalize the Tarnovo Constitution

The Young Alexander Battenberg
The Young Alexander Battenberg


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