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Imperial Visions of Late ByzantiumManuel II Palaiologos and Rhetoric in Purple$
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Florin Leonte

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474441032

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441032.001.0001

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Voices of Dissent: Preaching and Negotiating Authority

Voices of Dissent: Preaching and Negotiating Authority

(p.19) 1 Voices of Dissent: Preaching and Negotiating Authority
Imperial Visions of Late Byzantium

Florin Leonte

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the attempts of the late Byzantine churchmen to formulate a parallel and divergent view over the idea of imperial authority. In their concerted efforts to construct a coherent programme of action, the churchmen saw themselves both as defenders of social fairness and as promoters of an Orthodox spirituality which they deemed to be core connected aspects in defining Byzantine identity. The evidence presented here also suggests that they avoided showing allegiance to imperial policies. Instead, what they valued in the imperial persona was rather the cultural and spiritual aspects. While, naturally, the church continued to claim authority in the spiritual sphere, it also increasingly asserted the links between religious reform and social changes.

Keywords:   Church, ecclesiastics, manuscripts, social change, Orthodox Church, Latin Church

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