Chapter

<i>Theodora Phranza</i>

LEON LITVACK

in J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780198263517
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682582 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263517.003.0010
Theodora Phranza

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This chapter discusses Theodora Phranza, Neale’s first full-length novel set in the Christian East. It was originally published in parts in the Churchman’s Companion in 1853–4 and then as a single volume in 1857. This novel attempts to further the cause of unity by looking back to a time when East and West cooperated for the ultimate good. Britain’s interest in Constantinople involved her in the Crimean War. This situation in turn led Neale to write Theodora Phranza, a polemical novel which focused on the state of Orthodox Christians under the Ottoman rule.

Keywords: Theodora Phranza; Edward Gibbon; Crimean War; Ottoman Empire; Constantinople; Crimea

Chapter.  10466 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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