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The career and writings of Demetrius Kydones : a study of fourteenth-century Byzantine politics, religion and society

Author: Judith R Ryder
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
Series: Medieval Mediterranean, v. 85.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The second half of the fourteenth century was a period of rapid change in the Eastern Mediterranean, principally due to the expansion into Europe of the Ottoman Turks. Demetrius Kydones was one of the key Byzantine political and intellectual figures of the time, and his writings are regarded as one of the most important sources for study of the period. Kydones' career spanned at least four decades, from the 1340's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Church history
biografi
Named Person: Demetrius Cydones; Demetrios, Kydones.; Demetrius Cydones; Demetrius Cydones
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith R Ryder
ISBN: 9789004185654 9004185658
OCLC Number: 608034075
Description: xv, 295 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: CONTENTSAcknowledgements ... ixAbbreviations ... xiIntroduction ... xiiiSection One: Intellectual contextIntroduction ... 3Chapter One. Demetrius' Intellectual Background ... 5* The Primary Context:The Byzantine Background ... 5* The Secondary Context:Western Texts ... 13* Demetrius' Latin Studies ... 13* The Evidence ... 15 TheWriters/Texts ... 16 Aquinas ... 16 Augustinian Texts ... 20 Boethius ... 24 Further texts ... 26* The Western Material: Observations ... 28Section two: ideas and preoccupationsIntroduction ... 41The Sources: Demetrius'Writings to c. 1371 ... 42Chapter Two. The Political Sphere ... 49* Demetrius' Understanding of Imperial Office and HisRelationship withHis Imperial Patrons ... 49* Foreign Policy (Excluding Relations with the LatinWest) ... 57* The TurkishThreat ... 57* Bulgarians and Serbs ... 63* Hungarians andMongols ... 67* Foreign Policy:The Latins ... 70Chapter Three. The Religious Sphere ... 83* Key Principles and Ideas ... 83* Faith and Revelation ... 84* The Sources of Revelation: Interplay of Scripture, `Fathers' and `Councils' ... 85* Methodology: Infallibility and Fallibility; Determining Authoritative Sources ... 88* Methodology: Defending the Latins ... 90* Methodology:The Status ofHuman Reason ... 92* `Fathers' and `Councils': Practical Issues ... 96* Specific Issues ... 103* The Church, East andWest ... 103* The Filioque ... 118* Palamas ... 124Section three: historical context and implicationsIntroduction ... 131Chapter Four. The Extent of `Publicity' ... 133* Channels for Circulation ... 133* TheManuscript Evidence ... 133* Further Evidence of Circulation ... 136* PoliticalThemes ... 148* Demetrius andHis Imperial Patrons ... 148* Foreign Policy ... 153 The TurkishThreat ... 153 International Relations (Excluding the Latins) ... 156 International Relations:The Latins ... 157* ReligiousThemes ... 160* General Attitudes to theWest, Including the Papacy ... 160* Specific Doctrinal Issues ... 161 The Filioque ... 161 Palamism, Philotheos and theHesychasts ... 162* Normative Relations ... 165Conclusions ... 168Chapter Five. Contextualising Demetrius' Pro-western Approach ... 169Introduction ... 169* The General Background: Byzantine-papal/Byzantine-Latin Relations ... 171* Demetrius' Role in Developments ... 184* The Credibility of the Pro-western Propaganda ... 205Chapter Six. Orthodox Developments ... 221Introduction ... 221* Divisions within Orthodoxy ... 221* TheHesychast Background ... 221* The Repercussions of the CivilWar ... 228* Philotheos and Demetrius in the Late ï ï ï ï s ... 232* Indications of Strength? ... 239* `Orthodox Universalism' and Relations with Other Orthodox Sees ... 241 Serbia/Pec ... 243 Bulgaria/Trnovo ... 245 Russia/Kiev ... 247* `InternationalHesychasm' ... 250Conclusions ... 258Conclusion ... 265Select Bibliography ... 269General Index ... 281Manuscripts mentioned ... 289Index of Letters of Demetrius Kydones cited ... 291Original works of named authors/translations cited in the text ... 293
Series Title: Medieval Mediterranean, v. 85.
Responsibility: by Judith R. Ryder.

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Demetrius Kydones was a leading political and intellectual figure in fourteenth-century Byzantium, know especially for his translations of Aquinas and pro-western attitudes. This book examines  Read more...

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