Church reform in the late Byzantine Empire: A study of the by John Lawrence Boojamra

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86. PACHYMERES II, 359 - 362; see TALBOT, op. , xxii, who writes as if Athanasios headed this conspiracy to bring about this return to the throne. This is not at all apparent. See V. LAURENT,

51 Such was not to be the case. Instead, port his reform policies guards arrived to conduct Athanasios safely to the Monastery of Cosmidion 56. On the following day, October 16, 1293, Athanasios addressed a formal resignation to Andronicos, seemingly accepting his fate 57. Since the letter which appears in Pachymeres is different from the one included in Athanasios' collected correspondence, ((one must assume that the patriarch composed two different versions# 59. In addition, he concealed in the Church of St.

Ganos, Athanasios was surround- ed in Constantinople by a group of his male and female disciples, whom he instructed in the spiritual life'. From Pachymeres' and Gregoras' perspective the monks may well appear to be a band of self-righteous and maladjusted rabble; from that of the late Byzantine monastic revival, which came to fruition in the Hesychast victory of the 1340's, they represent a maximalist movement of moral and ecclesiastical purification. Athanasios not only initiated reform measure, but was also the focal point for a larger reform movement.

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