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The Great Church in Captivity: A Study of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from the Eve of the Turkish Conquest to the Greek War of Independence
First published in 1968, this classic study of the Patriarchate of Constantinople traces the Grecian church's survival as the spiritual center of the Byzantine world during the four centuries of Turkish rule which followed the fall of Constantinople.
Paperback, 468 pages
Published October 24th 1985 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 1985)
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The book I am reviewing is The Great church in Captivity by Steven Runciman. The book was published by Cambridge University Press in1968. The book covers the history of the Greek Church, pacifically the Patriarchate of Constantinople, from the fall of Constantinople to the Greek war for independence. Though written by an Englishman the book is wonderful scholarship and written with a good style. The book is divided into two parts Book I & II. Book I mostly discuses the state of the church in ...more
This book looks at the Greek Orthodox Church in the years leading up to the Turkish conquest of Constantinople until the Greek War of Independence in the 19th century. It was interesting, and I learned a lot, being interested in Byzantium, but not knowing much about its religious aspects. The book focuses on the period before the Turkish conquest, and then discusses the changes that occurred afterwards. However, the section on the Church in captivity does not follow a chronological approach; rat ...more
A King's Scholar at Eton College, he was an exact contemporary and close friend of George Orwell. While there, they both studied French under Aldous Huxley. In 1921 he entered Trinity College, Cambridge as a history scholar and studied under J.B. Bury, becoming, as Runciman later commented, "his first, and only, student." At first the reclusive Bury tried to brush him off; then, when Runciman ment ...moreMore about Steven Runciman...