Anthony Jadrejkovich, Archbishop of Novgorod
Born Dobrynia Jadrejkovich, Anthony of Novgorod (fl. XIII Century) is best
known for his Pilgrim's Book, which describes a visit to
1200. His book presents and preserves church architecture and liturgical
practices of the time. Some consider it a valuable source of historical
information, while others see it as a rhetorical narrative since he
fabricated a few details, such as the patriarchal baths. In 1211, Dobrynia
was elected archbishop of Novgorod, and in that office, he developed the
economy of the city-state through treaties with the Germans and mediated
among warring Russian princes. The Tale of the
Taking of Tsar'grad, an
account of a Frankish victory, is sometimes attributed to him. Anthony was
twice driven from his see, and in 1228, he retired to Khutyn, where he
died c. 1231/1232 after an illness that left him mute.
Karen Rae Keck
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