DAVID B. MILLER (Chicago, USA) HOW THE TRINITY-SERGIUS MONASTERY GOT GOVERNANCE, GOT GODUNOV'S WRATH AND GOT NEW LIFE In May, 1584, two months after the death of Ivan IV, Boris Godunov and his allies convoked a zemskii sobor that elected Fedor Ivanovich tsar. Fedor quickly appointed one Mitrofan archimandrite of the Trinity-Sergius monas- tery after which appeared by "decree of the holy council of elders of the Trin- ity-Sergius monastery" a statement of the monastic rule (ustav zhitiia) that governed the brotherhood.' The rapid sequence in which these acts followed one another was hardly accidental. They were gambits in the struggle for ju- risdiction over monastic properties that continued until the death of Boris Godunov. Mitrofan's installation, the council's order and the ensuing struggle to control Trinity exposed as never before the nature of the monastery's structure and governance, and its relationship to the state. Throughout Fedor's reign his brother-in-law Boris Godunov was the power behind the throne. After Fedor's death in 1598, Boris ruled in his own right until his death on April 13, 1605. One of Fedor's (Boris's) first acts was to convoke a council of the land (zemskii sobor), consisting of church leaders, the boiar
Russian History – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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