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Nikon
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(Nikita Minich; May 24, 1605, Veldemanovo near Nizhny Novgorod – Aug 17, 1681, Yaroslavl), patriarch of Moscow. Initially a secular priest, after the death of his three children he persuaded his wife to take the veil and in 1635 became a monk (taking the name Nikon) in a hermitage in northern Russia; in 1642 he became abbot of a desert monastery. There in 1646 he met Tsar Alexis, then 17 years old; he greatly impressed the tsar, who had Nikon appointed archimandrite of the Novospassky monastery in Moscow. Appointment as metropolitan of Novgorod followed in 164…

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Hauptmann, Peter, “Nikon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024135>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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