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The Lazar-House of Leros

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/9780198263517.003.0012
The Lazar-House of Leros

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This chapter discusses The Lazar–House of Leros, Neale’s last full-length Eastern novel. It was published in 1859, shortly after The Lily of Tiflis and as part of the same series. He tells two interconnected stories in the novel. One, with the historical basis, deals with the last years of Cyril Loukaris, or Lucar, Neale’s hero in The Patriarchate of Alexandria. The other, which is fictional, follows the life of Sophia, a young girl from Leros, who becomes a Sister of Charity. In the case of Loukaris, it allowed Neale to place in his hero the words which Neale could use to plead the Patriarch’s case. In the case of Sophia, it gave him a vehicle for psychological exploration of the motivations behind the religious life, in an effort to make it attractive to his readers.

Keywords: Loukaris; Lucar; Sophia; The Lazar–House of Leros; Leros; Patriarch; Sister of Charity

Chapter.  6761 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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