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Slavophiles

(466 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
When Russian philosophy became independent in the early 19th century, a prominent question was that of the relation of Russia to Europe, which J. P. Chaadayev (1794–1856) raised in his Lettres philosophiques (1827–31; ET Philosophical Letters [Knoxville, Tenn., 1969]). A “Western” group of thinkers wanted a full and swift adoption of the achievements of the West, but another gr…

Starets

(486 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
A starets (Russ., lit. “old man, elder”; pl. startsy) is a spiritual adviser in the Orthodox Church, not necessarily a priest, recognized for his piety and spiritual insight. The choice of an experienced ascetic (Asceticism) who deserved special honor as an older Christian (Gk. gerōn = Russ. starets) to act as a confessor was an early feature of …

Nino

(131 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] Nino, die Heilige (1. Hälfte des 4.Jh.), »Erleuchterin« Georgiens. Rufinus von Aquileia berichtet in seiner Kirchengesch. von einer Kriegsgefangenen, die um 330 durch ihre Askese und Wunderheilungen das ostgeorgische Königspaar für den christl. Glauben gewann und zur Einladung griech. Missionare veranlaßte (PL 21, 480–482). Erst in legendär überwucherten einheimischen…

Vvedenskij

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Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] Vvedenskij, Aleksandr Ivanovič (30.8.1889 Vitebsk – 25.7.1946 Moskau), Apologet und schismatischer Metropolit. Urspr. Lehrer und im 1. Weltkrieg Feldgeistlicher, opponierte er als St. Petersburger Erzpriester und Sekretär einer linken kirchl. Gruppe bereits 1917 gegen die Wiedererrichtung des Moskauer Patriarchats. Als sich Patriarch Tichon in Haft befand, bemächtigte er sich mit zwei ander…

Wenden

(488 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] . Seit dem MA faßt man die hinter der urspr. dt. Ostgrenze zw. Ostsee und Oberfranken an Elbe und Saale, Havel und Spree sowie bis zum Main ansässigen westslaw. Stämme unter der Sammelbez. W…

Narrheit

(273 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] Narrheit, heilige. Als solche bez. man in der Ostkirche in Anlehnung an 1Kor 4,10ff. die asketische Praxis, durch vorgetäuschten Verlust des Verstandes sich Mißhandlungen und der Vereinsamung mitten in der Welt auszusetzen und so vor der Gefahr einer Bewunderung durch die Menge zu bewahren. Sie setzt eine christl. Umwelt ebenso voraus wie das Fehlen von Institutionen für Geisteskranke. Die hl.N. begegnet erstmals im 4.Jh. bei einer Nonne in Ägypten, dann zuweilen im Vorderen Orien…

Rustaweli

(145 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] Rustaweli, Schota (Šota Rust[a]veli; 12./13.Jh.), ist mit seinem Versepos aus 1669 vierzeiligen Strophen »Vephistqaosani« (»Der Mann/Recke im Panther-/Tigerfell«) als größter georgischer Dichter in die Weltlit. eingegangen. Hunderte von Legenden, Bühnenstücken, Gedichten und Erzählungen um sein Leben und Werk belegen seine feste Verankerung im Bewußtsein der Georgier. Doch über seine Lebensumstände ist – wie bei Homer – nichts Sicheres überliefert. Die Herkunftsbez. besagt wenig, …

Radziwill

(344 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] 1.? Nikolaus?V. , genannt »der Rote« (Mikołaj Rudy Radziwiłł; 27.4.1512 – 27.4.1584, Wilna), Großkanzler und Großhetman von Litauen, seit 1566 (als Nachfolger seines Vetters Nikolaus des Schwarzen [2.]) Woiwode von Wilna, trat um 1564 zum Calvinismus über. Seine Nachkommen blieben dem ref. Bekenntnis treu und sicherten bis zu ihrem Aussterben 1667 den Fortbe…

Starec

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Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] (Pl. Starcy), bez. als russ. Äquivalent des griech. Wortes γε´ρωn̆/gérōn einen erfahrenen und insofern meist schon älteren Asketen, dessen seelsorgerlicher Führung sich neben jüngeren Asketen auch in der Welt lebende Christen vorbehaltlos unterwerfen. Als dt. Übers. des Begriffs in dieser Eingrenzung empfiehlt sich daher wohl am ehesten »Altvater«. Der Ursprung dieser Erscheinung liegt schon im altkirchl. Mönchtum des Ostens. Antonius d.Gr. ist das Urbild eines S. schlechthin. Doch ihre wirkungsvollste Ausprägung fand diese Form der Seelenführung erst seit Ausgang des 18.Jh. in Rußland, nachdem Paisij Veličkovskij, 1763 mit 60 Schülern vom Athos in die Moldau abgewandert, als Abt der Klöster Dragomirna und Neamţ zum einflußreichen Erneuerer des Hesychasmus geworden war. Daß ein S. in seinem Kloster auch als Abt wirkt, ist jedoch keineswegs die Regel. In jedem Falle aber bleibt der S. als Charismatiker mit der institutionalisierten Klosterverwaltung in wechselseitiger Unterordnung verbunden. Im Moskauer Patriarchat pflegt man heute das Andenken an nicht weniger als 75 »große russ. S.«. Unter ihnen werden auch zwei Erzpriester, die keine Mönche waren, mitgezählt: Ioann von Kronstadt und Aleksej Mečëv (1859–1923) aus Moskau. Ihre Verteilung auf die russ. Klöster ist ungleichmäßig, und längst nicht jedes Kloster besaß irgendwann einmal auch einen großen S. Die weitaus meisten S. hat die Optina Pustyn' bei Kaluga aufzuweisen. Hier wirkten zw. 1822 und 1923 in pneumatischer Filiation insg. 13 S., darunter als die berühmtesten Leonid (Nagolkin), Makarij (Ivanov) und Amvrosij (Grenkov). Unter den Pilgern, die bei ihnen Rat suchten, befanden sich u.a. auch I. Kireevskij, V. Solovjov, F. Dostojevskij (vgl. die lit. Verarbeitung im 6. Buch des 2. Teils seines Romans »Die Brüder Karamazov«) und L. Tolstoj. Das Einödkloster von Sarov bei Tambov aber beherbergte unter seinen drei S. mit dem hl. Serafim von Sarov den weitaus bedeutendsten. Der bislang letzte große russ. S., Archimandrit Pafnutij (Rossocha), zuletzt als Träger des großen Schimas im 1988 wiedereröffneten Kiever Höhlenkloster unter dem Namen Feofil lebend, ist erst am 22.3.1996 im…

Sozzini

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Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] Sozzini, Fausto (5.12.1539 Siena – 3.3.1604 Lucławice bei Krakau), ordnete und prägte als führender Denker der antitrinitarischen Bewegung (Antitrinitarier, Sozinianer) seiner Zeit deren Kirchen in Polen und teilweise auch in Siebenbürgen. Der 1562–1574 als Jurist am Hofe der Medici in Florenz tätige Patrizier hatte sich, durch seinen an der kirchl. Trinitätslehre zweifelnden Onkel Lelio S. dazu angeregt, 1572–1578 hauptsächlich in Basel theol. Studien gewidmet und durch erste Schriften (u.a. De Jesu Christo servatore, gedr. 1594) auf sich aufmerksam gemacht. Von G. Biandrata 1578 nach Siebenbürgen gerufen, steuerte er der Verwirrung, die dort F. David mit seiner Bestreitung der Anbetungswürdigkeit Jesu angerichtet hatte, entgegen. Seit 1579 lebte er in Polen, mit einer polnischen Adeligen verheiratet. Dem 1605 vollendeten Rakówer Katechismus liegen seine theol. Anschauungen zugrun…

Soner

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Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] (Sohner), Ernst (Dezember 1572 Nürnberg – 28.9.1612 Altdorf bei Nürnberg), seit 1603 Stadtphysikus in Nürnberg, seit 1605 Prof. für Medizin an der reichsstädtischen Akademie in Altdorf und 1607/08 deren Rektor, war auf einer Bildungsreise 1598 in Leyden durch Andreas Wojdowski und Christoph Ostorodt für die theol. Lehrmeinungen ihres Meisters F. Sozzini gewonnen worden, für die er dann in Altdorf im vertrauten Kreise warb. Dabei ließ er solche Vorsicht walten, daß man zu seinen Le…

Pauli

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Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] Pauli, Gregor (Grzegorz Paweł; um 1526 Brzeziny – um 1591 Rako´w), polnischer Theologe, der sich nach Studien in Krakau, Königsberg und Wittenberg vom Lutheraner zum Calvinisten und schließlich zum radikalen Antitrinitarier entwickelte. Seit 1551 ref. Pastor in seinem Geburtsort, wurde er 1556 einer der Senioren der ref. Gemeinden Kleinpolens und 1558 Pastor in Krakau. Seit 1562 bestritt er die altkirchl. Trinitätslehre in einer Reihe von Schriften, brach auf dem Reichstag zu Piot…

Sozinianer/Sozinianismus

(921 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] . Unter dieser erst im 17.Jh. aufgekommenen Bez. versteht man den von F. Sozzini seit 1579 durch mancherlei Mäßigung geprägten Hauptstrom der antitrinitarischen Bewegung (Antitrinitarier). Hier hält man an der trinitarischen Formel im Taufbefehl (Mt 28,19) durchaus fest. Wer sie ablehnt, kann nach dem Rakówer Katechismus kein Christ sein. Allein die altkirchl. Lehre von der Wesenseinheit der Personen des Vaters und des Sohnes sowie von der Personhaftigkeit des Hl. Geistes wird en…

Polen

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Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] I. Allgemeines Der Name P. geht auf einen der westslaw. Stämme zurück, aus deren Zusammenschluß im 9. und 10.Jh. das polnische Volk entstanden ist, und kennzeichnet die Angehörigen dieses Stammes als Feldbewo…

Slawenmission

(366 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[English Version] . Nachdem die Slawen von ihrer Urheimat nördlich der Karpaten zw. Weichsel und Dnepr aus ihr Siedlungsgebiet so weit nach Westen und Süden vorgeschoben hatten, daß sie zu Beginn des 7.Jh. die Grenzen des Karolingerreichs erreichten und die byz. Reichsgrenzen überschritten, wurde dort die S. als dringliche Aufgabe erkannt. Der Anfang gelang bei den Alpenslawen (Slowenen), wo der Karantanerherzog Borut um die Mitte des 8.Jh. seinen Sohn taufen ließ. Die Gründung der Klöster Inniche…

Old Believers

(644 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
“Old Believers” (Russ. Raskolniki, “Schismatics”) is the name given to those Christians in the Russian Orthodox Church who in the mid-17th century opposed the liturgical reforms of the Moscow patriarch Nikon (1605–81). They themselves took the name “Old Ritualists” or “Old Orthodox,” claiming to be the only ones to continue true Orthodoxy (Orthodox Christianity; Orthodox Church). Those reforms were avowedly to restore ancient uses but were in point of fact an importation of contemporary Greek practices instead of the ancient Russ…

Leontyev, Konstantin Nikolaevič

(158 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (Leont'ev; Jan 13, 1831, Kudinovo near Kaluga – Nov 12, 1891, Sergiev Posad), was initially a physician before entering the diplomatic service and finally becoming a censor. As a cultural philosopher, his worldview was shaped by aesthetic considerations. Beauty in the sense of diversity, power, and fullness was for him an objective fact. He thus became the advocate of Byzantine theocracy, ¶ aristocracy, and popular culture against democratic liberalism, petit-bourgeois attitudes, and egalitarianism. His return to the Orthodox faith following…

Warsaw

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Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (Warszawa), the capital of Poland, with a population of 1.71 million (2009), goes back to a trading settlement established in the 11th/12th century on the left bank of the Vistula; in 1413 it received Kulm righ…

Vvedensky, Aleksandr Ivanovich

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Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (Aug 30, 1889, Vitebsk – Jul 25, 1946, Moscow), apologist and schismatic metropolitan. Originally a teacher and a military chaplain in World War I, in 1917 as archpriest of St. Petersburg and secretary of a leftist church organization he was already opposing the restoration of the Moscow patriarchate. When Patriarch Tikhon succumbed to house arrest, on May 18, 1923, Vvedensky and two ¶ other priests took over the patriarchal chancery, thus enabling the formation of the “supreme governing body” of the modernist “Living Church” movement. In rec…

Starets

(365 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (pl. startsy) is the Russian equivalent to the Greek word γέρων/ gérōn; it denotes an experienced (and therefore usually elderly) ascetic, whose spiritual direction younger ascetics as well as Christians living in the world accept without question. The roots this phenomenon go back to Eastern monasticism in the Early Church. St. Anthony is the prototypical starets, but this form of spiritual direction did not fully come into its own until the late 18th century in Russia, when Paisius Velichkovsky left Athos for Moldavia with 60 discip…

Aleksei

(189 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (1293, Moscow – Feb 12, 1378, Moscow), Metropolitan of Moscow, was a monk in the Epiphany monastery in Moscow at the age of 20 and was already involved in the administration of the Russian Metropolitanate at the age of 26. His appointment as “Metropolitan of Kiev and all Russia” was by his Greek predecessor, Feognost, in 1353 in Constantinople…

Ermland

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Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (Polish: Warmia), as one of the four bishoprics established by the Orders of Germany in 1243 in Prussia and incorporated into the archdiocese of Riga in 1245/1246, initially encompassed the region between the River Elbing and Passarge and between Pregel and Angerapp. But only the region in which the bishop was also the ruler, comprising a third of the diocese, wa…

Kartachev, Anton Vladimirovich

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Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (1875, Sep 10 – 1960, Paris) was one of the most prominent lay theologians of Russia in the 20th century. He lectured in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) until 1917, where he also chaired the Society for Philosophy of Religion, and was from 1925 at the theological institute of St. Serge in Paris (of which he was a cofounder), where he taught church history as well as Old Testament. In 1959, he was able to publish his main work in two volumes, Očerki po istorii Russkoj Cerkvi, sketches of the history of the Russian Church. Appointed chief procurator of the Holy Synod by…

Stanislaus of Cracow, Saint

(178 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (c. 1036–1040, Szczepanów – Apr 11, 1079, Cracow), martyr bishop and patron saint of Poland. Initially a parish priest in Czembocz, as bishop of Cracow (from 1072) he came into bitter conflict with King Boleslav II, which cost ¶ him his life. Church tradition has it that he was slain by the king himself during mass in the Church of St. Michael because he had rebuked the king for his immoral way of life, but the alternative tradition is more believable – that he was condemned to death as a traitor for his political opposition and was gruesomely executed by truncatio membrorum. His…

Palaeologus, Jacob

(170 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (c. 1520, Chios island – 1585, Rome), radical Antitrinitarian who claimed to be descended from the last imperial dynasty of the Byzantine Empire. In trouble with the Inquisition as a Dominican friar in Italy, he was able to flee in 1559. He was in Prague in 1570/1571, in Krakow in 1571/1572, and in Klausenburg from 1572 to 1574. In 1573, he traveled to Turkey and twice to Poland. In 1575, Palaeologus lived in Alzen near Sibiu (Ger. Hermannstadt), Romania, then in Poland and Moravi…

Kettler, Gotthard

(188 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (Goddert; c. 1517, near Lippstadt – 1587, Kurland) was the last grand master of the Teutonic Order in Livonia. Following the collapse of the order state, he accepted Polish suzerainty and became the first duke of Kurland in 1562, a part of the territory that had previously belonged to the order and for which the capital Mitau (Jelgava) was eventually built in the vicinity of an old castle. Marrying Anna of Mecklenburg in 1566, he established a dynasty which lasted until 1737. Kurl…

Gorazd, Saint

(175 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (Matěj Pavlík; May 26, 1879, Hrubá Vrbka, near Hodonín – Sept 4, 1942. Prague). Gorazd, bishop of Moravia and Silesia, was the founder of Czech Orthodoxy. Having been a Roman Catholic chaplain in ¶ Kromeríz, in 1920 he joined the Czechoslovakian Church, which had broken its ties with Rome. In 1921 he was sent to Belgrade to be consecrated bishop by the Serbian patriarch, thus securing apostolic succession. As this went together with a sincere conversion to Orthodoxy, in 1924 he broke with the Czechoslovakian Churc…

Kulm

(195 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (Polish Chełmno), a city founded on the lower course of the Weichsel River in 1232 and a bishop's seat from 1243. The cathedral chapter established there by Bishop Heidenreich in 1251 was incorporated into the Teutonic order (Orders of Germany) from 1264 to 1466. Originally suffragan to the archbishopric of Riga, the diocese was integrated into the ecclesial province of Gniezno (Gnesen) in 1466. Bishop Johannes Dantiscus (1530–1538) and S. Hosius (1549–1551) succesfully warded off…

Bryanchaninov, Ignaty, Saint

(169 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (Dimitrii Aleksandrovich; Feb 5, 1807, Pokrovskoe, near Gryazovets – Apr 30, 1867, Nikolo-Babaev, near Kostroma) was a Russian ascetic, spiritual writer, and bishop. In 1827, when the aristocratic graduate of the St. Petersburg Engineering School was released from military service for medical reasons, he struck up an acquaintance with the monk…

Poland

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Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] I. General The name Poland derives from the name of one of the West Slavic tribes that joined together in the 9th and 10th centuries to form the Polish nation; it characterizes the members of this tribe as field-dwellers ( Polani or Poleni). The kingdom, founded by the Piast dynasty, was first called Polonia around the year 1000. Today the official name of the state is Rzeczpospolita Polska (Republic of Poland). ¶ Geographically, Poland is bounded by Germany to the west, by the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation to the north, …

Platon of Moscow

(164 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (Petr Egorov, later Levšin; Jun 29, 1737, Chashnikovo near Moscow – Nov 11, 1812, Vifaniya near Sergiyev Posad), metropolitan of Moscow. After study at the Moscow academy, Platon taught there, and later at the seminary of Trinity St. Sergius Monastery. As its rector from 1761, and a gifted preacher, he made such a strong impression on Catherine II that she appointed him as her son’s tutor in religion. In 1766 he became archimandrite of the monastery, which he had already led from …

Radziwill

(362 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] 1. Nicholas the Red (Mikołai Rudy Radziwiłł; Apr 27, 1512 – Apr 27, 1584, Vilnius), high chancellor and high hetman of Lithuania, from 1566 (following his cousin Nicholas the Black [see 2 below]) voivode of Vilnius; he became a Calvinist c. 1564. His descendants remained faithful to the Reformed confession and, until the line failed in 1667, ensured the continuation of Reformed parishes on the Radziwill estates (of the Birse branch) in Lithuania. Peter Hauptmann Bibliography T. Nowakowski, Die Radziwills. Die Geschichte einer großen europäischen Familie, 1968, 79–…

Poznań, Bishopric

(313 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] The see of Poznań was erected in 968 as a missionary bishopric for all Poland, after the Piast duke Mieszko I began the process of Christianizing Poland with his baptism in 966. By 999/1000, however, it had already been superseded by the erection of the archiepiscopal see of Gniezno, to which it became suffragan at the beginning of the 11th century. From then on, it included the center of Great Poland and the southern part of Mazovia. In 1232 Bishop Paweł Grzymała was granted the …

Helmold of Bosau

(129 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (c. 1120 – post 1177). Helmold worked in eastern Holstein from 1143, after attending the cathedral school in Braunschweig, and as pastor in Bosau on the Plöner See (from 1156). Between 1163 and 1172, he composed, from the notes of Adam of Bremen, oral tradition and his own experience, his Chronica Slavorum which covered the time period up to 1170. In it, despite clear partisanship, he reports vividly and generally reliably the Christianization and Germanization of the Slavs settled east of the lower Elbe (Slavic missions). His wor…

Martin of Troppau (Polonus)

(92 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (Martinus Polonus; before 1230, Troppau [today Opava] – Jun 12, 1278, Bologna). Initially a Dominican in Prague, Martin became papal chaplain and apostolic penitentiary in Rome; on May 21, 1278, he was consecrated archbishop of Gniezno in Viterbo. He is best known as a chronicler. His Chronicon pontificum et imperatorum (Chronicles: IV), replete with anecdotes and fables, was widely read; its many extensions and imitations gave rise to a genre of “Martin chronicles.” Peter Hauptmann Bibliography A.-D. v. den Brincken, LThK 3 VI, 1997, 1429 (bibl.).

Wends

(570 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] During the Middle Ages, the West Slavic tribes behind the original eastern boundary of Germany living between the Baltic and Upper Franconia along the Elbe and Salle, Havel, and Spree, and as far as the Main became known collectively as the Wends. The name comes from the name of the Veneti, an Illyrian tribe. It also served as a name for the Slovenes, especially the Slovene minorities in Austrian territories. Evangelism of the Wends proved uncommonly difficult. The Great Slav Risi…

Nino (Saint)

(151 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (1st half of the 4th cent.), “enlightener” of Georgia. Tyrannius Rufinus tells in his church history of a female prisoner of war who, c. 330, converted the king and queen of Eastern Georgia to the Christian faith by her asceticism and miraculous cures, and persuaded them to invite Greek missionaries to their country (PL 21, 480–482). Not until local 10th-century sources, heavily embroidered with legend, does this woman appear under the name of Nino, probably a contracted form of “…

Innocent (Veniaminov), Saint

(180 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (Aug 26, 1797, Anginskoye, near Irkutsk – Mar 31, 1879, Moscow). Born Ivan Popov, he was orphaned at an early age. At the seminary in Irkutsk, his patron Bishop Veniamin (Benjamin) of Irkutsk gave him the new patronymic Veniaminov. In 1840, when he was made a monk, his baptismal name was replaced by Innocent. In the same year, Innocent – who had been ordained to the priesthood in 1821 and had been working as a missionary in the Aleutians and Alaska since 1824 – was made bishop of Kamchatka. He took up residence as archbishop in 1852…

Vilnius

(219 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] capital of the Republic of Lithuania (Baltic countries), with a population of 554,060 (2011); it is situated in southeastern Lithuania where the Vilnia joins the Neris, a tributary of the Memel. Its earliest mention in a document is in a 1323 letter of Grand Duke Gediminas. When Grand Duke Jogaila accepted baptism in 1387 and saw to the building of a cathedral, he also granted Vilnius a city charter modeled on the Magdeburg Law. The personal union of Lithuania with Poland in 1385 …

Ivan IV, the Terrible

(179 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] ( Groznyj, better: the Harsh; Aug 25, 1530, Moscow – Mar 18, 1584, Moscow), was the first grand duke to be crowned tsar of all Russia in 1547. He laid the foundations of Russia's rise to a major power by pursuing a policy of territorial expansion in the east (conquest of Kazan in 1552 and of Astrakhan in 1554, beginning of the subjugation of Siberia in 1582), but also contributed to its ruin by engaging in unsuccessful wars (esp. for Livonia, 1558–1582) and implementing cruel measu…

Albert of Buxhöveden

(201 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (Albert of Riga; 1165/1170, Bremen – Jan 17, 1229, Riga), of the ministerial line of Buxhöveden. A Bremen canon and scholaster, he was ordained the 3rd bishop of Livonia in 1199. In 1200 he was the first to sail with a crusader army to the Daugava estuary, where in 1201 he founded the city of Riga, in which he set t…

Old Believers, Russian

(566 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] I. The believers who, from 1653, were expelled from the Great Church because of their rejection of the liturgical reforms of the Moscow patriarch Nikon, gathered in their own communities in order to maintain the Old Russian forms of devotion laid down by the Moscow Hundred Chapter Synod of 1551. The authorities first called them “schismatics” (Raskol’niki), and later “Old Ritualists,” while for the people they were the Old Believers. They did not contest the necessity for correcti…

Soner, Ernst

(160 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (or Sohner; Dec 1572, Nuremberg – Sep 28, 1612, Altdorf, near Nuremberg), appointed district physician in Nuremberg in 1603 and professor of medicine at the Reichsstädische Akademie in Altdorf in 1605. In 1607/1608 he served as its rector. During an educational tour in 1598, he had been converted by Andreas Wojdowski and Christoph Ostorodt in Leiden to the theological views of their teacher F. Socinus; on his return to Altdorf, he promoted their ideas among his close friends. He w…

Peter the Great

(276 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (May 30/Jun 9, 1672, Moscow – Jan 28/Feb 8, 1725, St. Petersburg), tsar of Russia since 1682, proclaimed emperor of all Russia in 1721. Initially he had to share rule with his half brother Ivan V (1666–1696) and allow his half sister Sofia to act as regent until 1689. After that he largely left the reins of government in the hands of his mother; only after her death in 1694 did he fully take up his role. His victory over Sweden in the Great Northern War (1700–1721) gave Russia acc…

Belaya Krinica

(123 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] From 1846, when the converted metropolitan Ambrosios of Sarajevo ordained the first bishops for the Old Believers in Belaya Krinica, Bukovina, this religious community became an important center for the Old Believer groups that retained the priesthood (Old Believers, Russian). Their congregations have since been under the “hierarchy of the Agr…

Klemme, Pankratius

(161 words)

Author(s): Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] (c. 1475, Hirschberg in Silesia – Sep 20/21, 1546, Gdańsk [Danzig]). After entering the Dominican monastery in Gdańsk, Klemme worked at the Johanneskirche from 1498, first as cantor and then, after returning from studies in southern Germany, where he was won over to the Reformation, as preacher from 1526. In the fall of 1529, he continued his preaching at St. Marien, where, in 1536, the council established an independent pastorate for him alongside the still Catholic pastorate. In…
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