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Christian Russia in the Making

1st Edition

By Andrzej Poppe


378 pages

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pub: 2007-07-28
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The present collection of studies by Andrzej Poppe in many ways represents a continuation of the research brought together a quarter century ago in the author's previous Variorum volume. The focal themes are the political circumstances of the 'baptism of Russia' and the processes by which Rus' became a Christian country, an era marked by the emergence of indigenous saints in royal and monastic garb. Relations with the Byzantine world, both political and ecclesiastical, are often to the fore, but as Poppe shows, those with the West, from the Carolingians onwards, were important too. Many of the articles are provided with additional notes, and the volume includes three pieces previously unpublished in English, including an introductory survey of the Rurikid dynasty, and a major new study of the process by which Vladimir the Great became a saint.


’Christian Russia in the Making will be welcomed by historians interested in medieval statehood formation and religious institutionalisation in Eastern Slavic history.’ The Medieval Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The Rurikid dynasty or 700 years of shaping Eastern Europe; Once again concerning the baptism of Olga, Archontissa of Rus' (with addendum); How the conversion of Rus' was understood in the 11th century; Two concepts of the conversion of Rus' in Kievan writings; The Christianization and ecclesiastical structure of Kievan Rus' to 1300; Leontios, Abbot of Patmos, candidate for the metropolitan see of Rus'; Losers on earth, winners from heaven. The assassination of Boris and Gleb in the making of 11th-century Rus'; The sainthood of Vladimir the Great: veneration in-the-making; Words in the service of the authority: on the title of 'Grand Prince' in Kievan Russia (with addendum); On the title of 'Grand Prince' in the Tale of Ihor's Campaign; Some observations on the bronze doors of St. Sophia in Novgorod (with addendum); On the so-called Chersonian antiquities (with addendum); Index.

About the Author

Andrzej Poppe is Emeritus Professor at the University of Warsaw, Poland.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
RELIGION / History