Meletij Smotryc´kyj by David FrickMeletij Smotryc´kyj by David Frick

Meletij Smotryc´kyj

byDavid Frick


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Meletij Smotryc’kyj was one of the outstanding figures in the great flourishing of Orthodox spirituality that occurred in the late 16th and early 17th century in response to the challenge posed first by Polish heterodox religious movements, and later by the Polish Counter-Reformation. His biography reflects the tensions and contradictions that characterized his “nation”—the Ruthenians, the Orthodox Christians of the Polish—Lithuanian Commonwealth. Ruthenian patriots were torn between various allegiances to nation, church, and traditions. Thus, in Smotryckyj’s life we witness one of the later acts in the drama of the European Age of Reform, all the more important because for the first time the Reformation and Counter-Reformation came into direct daily contact with the Byzantine world of Orthodox Slavdom.

Professor Frick's biography—the first major English—language work on Smotryc’kyj—examines the ways in which established cultures were altered by cross-cultural understandings and misunderstandings, resulting from the confrontation and mutual adaptation of two or more diverse cultures. This study, which has affinities with the “microhistorical approach,” seeks to reconstruct details in the lives of individuals and pays special attention to the ways in which individual world views conflicted with each other and with various higher authorities. Meletij Smotryc’kyj will be of interest to scholars and students of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland-Lithuania, and those researching the history of the Uniate, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic Churches in Eastern Europe.

David Frick is a Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley.
Title:Meletij Smotryc´kyjFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.05 inPublisher:Harvard

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ISBN - 10:0916458601

ISBN - 13:9780916458607

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Table of Contents

List Of Illustrations


A Note On Usage

Introduction: Who Was Meletij Smotryc’kyj?

Part I: A Life, In Controversy

Chapter I. Birth

Chapter 2. Education

Chapter 3. Works

Chapter 4. Lay Leader

Chapter 5. Archbishop of Polack

Chapter 6. Pilgrim

Chapter 7. Convert

Chapter 8. Archbishop of Hierapolis

Chapter 9. Death and Posthumous Miracles

Part II: Conformities And Deviations

Chapter 10. The Rules of the Game

Chapter 11. Polonica Orthodoxe

Chapter 12. Fides Meletiana

Chapter 13. Tolerance and Toleration




A. Smotryc’kyj’s Letters

B. Smotryc’kyj’s Critical Use Of Biblical Citations

Works Cited


Editorial Reviews

David Frick's fascinating monograph illustrates, there are great rewards for those who work in this shadowy regionIn fact Frick has produced the first comprehensive study in English on one of the most important religious leaders of central Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuriesthis is a very important book. Frick is trying to reintegrate early- seventeenth-century east central Europe into what is unfortunately a fragmented world of early modern studies.