Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus’ unpublished Letter to his spiritual fathers David and Damianos

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In 1416 Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus wrote a letter to his spiritual fathers David and Damianos who resided in the Monastery of Vatopedi on Mout Athos. This hitherto unpublished letter accompanied an as yet unedited lengthy work Manuel composed in the form of a confession addressed to his aforementioned spiritual fathers on the occasion of his own recovery from a serious illness. The study comprises a critical edition of the letter preceded by extensive introduction examining the circumstances of the composition of these works and a palaeographical study of the letter, which survives in three 15th-century manuscripts and two later copies.
Original languageMultiple languages
Title of host publicationBibliophilos. Books and Learning in the Byzantine World
Subtitle of host publicationFestschrift in honour of Costas N. Constantinides
EditorsCharalambos Dendrinos, Ilias Giarenis
Place of PublicationBoston/Berlin/Munich
Publisherde Gruyter
ISBN (Electronic)9783110718492
ISBN (Print)9783110717099
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameByzantinisches Archiv
Publisherde Gruyter


  • Manuel II Palaeologus
  • David and Damianos of Vatopedi
  • Late Byzantium
  • Monastery of Vatopedi
  • Mt Athos

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