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Orthodox Developments

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This chapter suggests that the developments within Orthodoxy in the 1350s and 1360s need not be read in such a way as to undermine the validity of what has been suggested elsewhere in this study. It demonstrates that Orthodox developments should not be treated in an uncritical and undifferentiated manner; that any attempt to deal with Orthodoxy in the period must take into account a great complex of cultural, political and intellectual considerations. The chapter takes various trends in the development of Orthodoxy in the 1350s and 1360s and argues that these are unlikely to have endowed the Byzantine Orthodox church with the degree of stability and strength necessary for it to provide leadership for a unified Orthodox response to the challenges of the period. Attention is focussed on one of Demetrius Kydones' ideas: namely, the nature of' anti-western' attitudes in the period, and their relationship to Byzantine Orthodoxy.

Keywords: Byzantine Orthodoxy; Demetrius Kydones'; Orthodox developments

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