The only study in English of the history of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Greek war of independence in 1821. Runciman's seemingly effortless comprehensiveness illuminates the Orthodox Church's inner structure, its relationship to the Sultanate, its contacts with Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed, and Anglican churches, and its theological and philosophical developments. Included in this investigation is the short, strange episode of the Calvinist patriarch, Cyril Lucaris. This book is indispensable for a complete understanding of the relationship between Eastern and Western Christendom, as well as the pilgrimage of the Orthodox church during its darkest age. 453 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
This is Sir Steven Runciman's established and widely admired classic account of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, first published in 1968. The Great Church, as the Greeks called the Orthodox Patriarchate, was the spiritual centre of the Byzantine world. The Church's survival during the four centuries of Turkish rule which followed the fall of Constantinople bore witness to its strenght and to the unquenchable vitality of Hellenism. Sir Steven Runciman's history of the Great Church in this period is written with scholarship, sympathy and style.