When Sergius of Radonezh founded a
monastery near Moscow, his example spawned a movement of monastic
foundations throughout Russia. Within three decades of his death in
1392, Sergius was recognized as a saint, and by 1450 many considered him
the intercessor for the Russian land who freed its people from Mongol
rule. Over the next century and a half, thousands sought St. Sergius’s
intercession with gifts to the monastery. Moscow’s rulers made Sergius
patron saint of their dynasty and of the Russian tsardom. By 1605, the
Trinity-Sergius monastery was the biggest house in Russia.
presents Trinity’s dramatic history from the 14th century to the
beginning of the Time of Troubles. Using extensive archival materials,
he traces the evolution of Trinity’s relationship to Sergius’s
venerators and its traditions, governance, social composition, and the
lifestyle of its members. In lucid prose, Miller argues that St.
Sergius’s cult and monastery became integrating forces on a national
scale and vital elements in the forging of a Russian identity, economy,
and cohesive society. The power of religion to shape national identity
is a lively topic today, and Miller’s study will interest both
medievalists and modern historians, as well as readers of Orthodox
A cura di Giulia Tarquini
Scheda a cura di: Miller D.B.