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Early Summer 944

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  • Abraham, bishop of Samosata, travels to Edessa to seize the Mandylion on behalf of the emperor. An attempt to deceive the bishop by giving him a copy of the Mandylion fails. The Christians and Muslims of Edessa object to the handing over of the Mandylion. Bishop Abraham and the Bishop of Edessa, pursued by an angry mob, cross the Euphrates with the Mandylion. On the way to Constantinople, the retinue stops briefly at Samosata, then is greeted by Parakoemomen Theophanes at the mouth of the river Sagaris. Just before arriving in Constantinople, it stops at the monastery of St Eusebius.

Cloth leaves Edessa.


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