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Unseemly acts of canonized monarchs: an experience of theological analysis

Journal: Studia Humanitatis (Vol.2015, No. 3)

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Page : 12-12

Keywords : Royal Holiness; hagiology; the monarchy; Nicholas II; martyrdom; the deification of kings; Orthodox mysticism;

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The article discuses an "unpopular" aspect of hagiology-crimes and other nefarious acts of canonized monarchs. The analysis solves a theological dilemma: how can atrocities unite with Holiness. It is noted that if real or alleged crimes are attributed to the monarch who completed his life in martyrdom, the question of his canonization automatically disappears because the martyrdom cleans all the sins. Examples of such case are Saint Michael of Chernigov, Andrei Bogolyubsky, Nicholas II.

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