yaoifunboi (yaoifunboi) wrote in little_details,

Coptic Pilgrimages To Jerusalem, Relationship between the Coptic church and the Latin church

Setting: Historical fantasy (based on the real world, but magic works and my Copts have cat ears and tails due to their ancestor's reverence for cats) set in the Early Middle Ages. The novel I'm currently prewriting will be set in Germany and Scandianvia. It follows the kidnapping of a young, half-Coptic squire by vikings, and his father's quest to get him back. At any rate, it's set in East Francia, essentially in the 800s. I just realized that Britain might make a better setting then Germany, because it was less organized and suffered more from Vikings.

Anyway, the backstory I dreamed up for my Coptic knight, to get him out of Egypt and into a fief in Germany was that he was a Coptic sheepherder who went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and met a Frankish prince there, and wound up saving his life from thieves. In gratitude, the prince knighted the shepherd, and when he became king, he gave the knight a fief and the title 'Count'. Anyway, I was wondering if:
a. Copts at that time made pilgrimages to Jerusalem?
b. If a typical Latin-rite layman or priest would regard a Copt as a heretic, and vice-versa. (I know about the unpleasantness in 451, but was it still a live, important issue?)

I've done extensive google and wikipedia searches, and found one google books result that seemed to indicate that the answer to my first question is 'yes', but I couldn't find it again, and I found nothing about relations between the Latin Rite Catholics and the Oriental Orthodox after the Moslem conquest of Egypt. I would guess that the answer is 'almost nothing' beyond the bare fact that they're fellow Christians, but I don't want to rely on just a guess. I know this is an obscure question, and if someone could just point me twords some good references, I'd appreciate it.

Edit: So Britain, not Frankonia, and the king meets the Copt in Egypt, not Jerusalem, when he saves the king from Moorish bandits. Britain should be easier to write, anyway, because I can use my undergraduate books (I was a history major), and I have a much wider range of dates in which to set my story, from the first raid on Lindisfarne (793) to the rise of Alfred the Great (878).
Tags: egypt (misc), egypt: history, history (misc), ~religion: christianity (misc)

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