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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

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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 April 11th 2008 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1968)
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Mina
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adevărata putere a ortodocșilor rezidă în convingerea că, atâta timp cât rămân fideli învățăturii lui Hristos, vor găsi, dincolo de această vale a plângerii, fericirea reală și veșnică. Mai mult decât orice altă ramură a Bisericii Creștine, ortodocșii au luat în calcul porunca de a da cezarului ceea ce este al cezarului. Acest lucru le-a permis să se supună -prea ușor, au spus criticii - autorității seculare a guvernelor păgâne sau atee; i-a ajutat însă și să țină deoparte cele ale lui Dumnezeu, ...more
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Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Diane
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
C. R. Perkins
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: orthodox-studies
The historian Steven Runciman covers the history of the Eastern Orthodox Church and all that it has been since its separation with Rome in a way no other author has. I was particularly drawn to the chapter "The Lutheran Approach", where the ecumenical relations between Ecumenical Patriarch Jeremias I and the Confession of Augsburg sent by Lutheran divines in the 16th century.

This was an excellent book and I recommend it to anyone interested in Church history.
John
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great history of byzantine life
Era Archontaki
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I am Greek and the book helped me understand better the role of the Orthodox Church in preserving our identity during turkish occupation.
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There is a reason this 1964 work is in its eighth printing.
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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 ...more
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