Some of the envoys sent by the ecumenical patriarchate to the lands of Rus held offices in other eastern churches, for example Michael, archbishop of Bethlehem. They were living testimony to an imperial scheme of things, as was the readiness of eastern Mediterranean churchmen to refer local disputes
71 See Helms, Craft and the kingly ideal, 173-80, 192-6.
72 G. Majeska, Russian travelers to Constantinople in the fourteenth andfifteenth centuries [DOS 19] (Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1984), 104-5, 110-11.
74 T. V Nikolaeva,ProizvedeniiarusskogoprikladnogoiskusstvasnadpisiamiXV-pervoichetverti XVIv. (Moscow: Nauka, 1971), 19-20.
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