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J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost$
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Leon Litvack

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263517

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263517.001.0001

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Theodora Phranza

Theodora Phranza

(p.207) Chapter 9 Theodora Phranza
J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost


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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

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