Edited By Florin Nicolae Ardelean, Christopher Nicholson and Johannes Preiser-Kapeller
The Idea of Muscovite Autocephaly from 1441 to 1467. Basil Lourié (St. Petersburg)
The Idea of Muscovite Autocephaly from 1441 to 1467 Basil Lourié (St. Petersburg) To the memory of Andrei I. Pliguzov (1956–2011) Introduction The sources concerning the establishment of autocephaly for the Church of Moscow are generally well known but poorly interpreted—true comprehen- sion of their contents has been prevented by interfering ideological noise. In such cases, an impartial evaluation from a third party would be especially welcome but, alas, until recently, non-Russian and non-Ukrainian Church his- torians have ignored the relevant documents, which are still available only in the original languages. In about 2004, Andrei I. Pliguzov, who was at that time the most famous scholar in the field and who had republished the entire collection of the Rus- sian Church archive of the fourteenth—early sixteenth centuries1, had al- most completed his preparation of a huge volume (ca 800 pages) of transla- tions with commentary covering the entire corpus, which was to be pub- lished within the Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies2. Unfortunately, in 2005 a fatal illness interrupted his scholarly work, and he died in 2011. Neverthe- less, his volume is still in preparation for the Harvard Ukrainian Research In- stitute at Harvard University, and its publication is forthcoming. In anticipa- tion of its appearance, my present purpose is to trace the most important landmarks in the process of the severing of the Muscovite Church from the metropolis of Kiev and the patriarchate of Constantinople. Unlike most historians, I will highlight the purely ecclesiastical and, espe-...
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