Житија деспота Стефана Лазаревића / Житие Стефана Лазаревича
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Life of Despot Stefan Lazarević (English)
Kostenets, Constantine of [Constantine the Philosopher / Константин Костенечки / Константин Философ] | URL | VIAF | ISNI
Fleeing the Ottoman conquest and taking refuge in Serbia, the Bulgarian scholar Constantine of Kostenets composed this text at the request of patriarch Nikon and of several nobles from the Court of despot Đurađ Branković (1377-1456). The result is both a hagiography and a chronicle of the reign of Stefan Lazarević, son of Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović and ruler of Serbia († 1427). Prince since 1389 and despot since 1402, Constantine’s hero had been quickly elevated to sainthood after his death. The original text by Constantine of Kostenets has not been preserved. Nevertheless, two Serbian and two Russian versions have survived: the Odessa or Cetinje manuscript (first half of the 16th century), the Bogišić manuscript in Cavtat (first half of the 17th century) [Zbirka Baltazara Bogišića HAZU], the Kirillo-Belozero manuscript (16th century), and the Volokolamsk manuscript (end of the 15th century). There are also three short manuscript versions of the Russian redaction (the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius [Троице-Сергиева лавра 686], Kazan, and Pogodin).