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God, Tsar, and PeopleThe Political Culture of Early Modern Russia$
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Daniel B. Rowland

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501752094

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501752094.001.0001

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The Memory of Saint Sergius in Sixteenth-Century Russia

The Memory of Saint Sergius in Sixteenth-Century Russia

(p.115) Chapter 5 The Memory of Saint Sergius in Sixteenth-Century Russia
God, Tsar, and People

Daniel B. Rowland

Cornell University Press

This chapter reveals the appearance of Saint Sergius in several omens and dreams connected with the conquest of the Khanate of Kazan´ in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible. It refers to Russian soldiers that experienced visions of Saint Sergius sweeping the places of worship, streets, and squares of Kazan´ during the siege, presumably cleansing them allegorically of their Muslim associations on the eve of the conquest. It also discusses visions and stories that testify to the remarkable place that Saint Sergius held in the memories of Muscovites in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, even until after his death. The chapter shows some of the many ways in which Sergius and his monastery were memorialized during sixteenth-century Russia. It shows some of the means that Muscovites used to maintain the memory of Saint Sergius and create new memories of him.

Keywords:   Saint Sergius, Ivan the Terrible, Muslim associations, Muscovites, Kazan

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