Pious Kings and Right-Believing Queens: An Encyclopedia of the Royal and Imperial Saints of the Orthodox Church

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by Protopresbyter James Thornton
Introduction by Archbishop Chrysostomos
Publication Data: Belmont, MA: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 2013
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: xxiv + 506
Dimensions (l × w × h): 23.8 cm × 16.3 cm × 3.2 cm
Additional Information: two-color printing, full-color illustrations
ISBN: 978‒1‒884729‒98‒0

   
by Protopresbyter James Thornton
Introduction by Archbishop Chrysostomos

“In the summer of 2007[...], I began seriously researching material on Royal Saints, after setting down the guideline that I would include only Saints who had been Kings, Queens, Emperors, Empresses, ruling Princes or Princesses, ruling Dukes or Duchesses, or Saints who were the spouses or the children of monarchs. I have adhered for the most part to that rule, although I have made several exceptions for notable or interesting Saints who were members of the more extended families of ruling monarchs. When there were questions in my mind as to whether to include a particular Saint, I nearly always opted for inclusion. Following those guidelines, I discovered that there were hundreds of Saints who qualified for inclusion, and so a formidable task presented itself to me. I decided in this work to include not only Saints from the Orthodox East, but also those of the pre-schism Orthodox West[...], since these Saints are as worthy of honor as those of the East, and therefore should not be forgotten. Moreover, to include them demonstrates the universality of Orthodoxy. One will therefore find in this book monarchs representative of many different races, nations, and cultures: Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Georgian, Armenian, African, Spanish, German, French, English, Welsh, Cornish, Breton, Scottish, Irish, and others. In addition, I have included Old Testament Kings and Queens who are regarded by the Church as Right­eous or Saintly.”
—“PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS”

CONTENTS

   ABOUT THE AUTHOR
   DEDICATION
   PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
   INTRODUCTION
      Archbishop Chrysostomos
Pious Kings and Right-Believing Queens
An Encyclopedia of the Royal and Imperial Saints of the Orthodox Church
   ENTRIES A–Z
   CALENDAR OF ROYAL SAINTS
   BIBLIOGRAPHY
   BY THE SAME AUTHOR

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