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By Paul Bushkovitch

This e-book lines the evolution of spiritual attitudes in an immense transitional interval in Russian heritage. The 16th and 17th centuries in Russia observed the slow decline of monastic spirituality, the increase of miracle cults, and finally the delivery of a extra own and personal religion that under pressure morality rather than public rituals. Bushkovitch not just skillfully reconstructs those quick and primary adjustments within the Russian spiritual adventure, but additionally indicates how they have been stimulated by means of ecu spiritual rules and the way they foreshadowed the secularization of Russian society often credited to Peter the nice.

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These restrictions affected to some extent episcopal property, but the main losers were the monasteries, not the metropolitan or bishops. In one respect the latter even gained revenue and authority. Ivan also greatly restricted the judicial immunities of the monasteries, but not in his own interest, as in the case of financial immunities. Early judicial immunities had exempted the monasteries from the courts of the grand prince's provincial governors, allowing them to come to the grand prince himself in Moscow for nonspiritual matters, both criminal and civil.

The office of tither was not to be abolished but henceforth only priests were to be chosen for it. In spite of the declarations from the fathers and canon law, members of the clergy were not to be entirely autonomous from the crown, for some matters (murder and certain forms of theft) still came under lay courts, where the priests' elders would sit together with the land elders or the tsar's officials. The Orthodoxy in the Sixteenth Century 23 new either, now a priest, would be accompanied on his duties also by the land elder and his assistants.

It moves quickly to his appointment as metropolitan of Moscow, and then spends three-quarters of its space on Filipp's reproof of Tsar Ivan for his cruelty and injustice. The text uses the sixthcentury work on kingship by Deacon Agapetus, curiously reversing its intent by citing it against Ivan rather than for him. A text in praise of imperial autocracy is used to denounce the tyranny of the tsar. Essentially the life of Filipp is a pamphlet against Ivan with an introduction about Filipp's life followed by a brief account of his murder.

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