Life of St. Sergius of Radonezh - Pachomius the Serb's  autograph

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About the Manuscript

This section includes brief entries about St. Sergius of Radonezh, the circumstances of the creation of the «Life» of the saint, about the Serbian hagiographer Pachomius Logothetes, a manuscript miscellany which included the descovered autograph of Pachomius the Serb, and about the famous library of the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery (St. Cyril of Beloozero's Monastery).

Description of the Manuscript

This section contains a detailed description of the «Life of St. Sergius of Radonezh» as a landmark in the history of the hand-written book. Given are codicological features of the manuscript such as the material of the leaves, script, handwriting, design, water marks, composition of the codex, the structure of quires, binding, physical condition, notes and inscriptions left on the sheets of the manuscripts.

All data are recovered from the Depositary system in direct connection with digital copies of the landmark, so the basic information of this section of the site can be readily illustrated by the corresponding virtual pages of the manuscripts.

See the Manuscripts – Content

Here you can find a digital copy of the «Life of St. Sergius of Radonezh» along with the tools necessary to view the manuscript on this website.

The section lists titles of entries and sections of the «Life». This page enables you to jump right to the selected extract of the manuscript.

The text of the «Life» is written in Old Russian and may cause difficulty comprehending during reading. Therefore, each virtual page of the manuscript is accompanied by transliteration of the text (the box to the right of the copy). Transliteration is based on the rules adopted for the publication of historical documents.

The digital copies of each page of the manuscript are linked with descriptions of their content by entries in the Depositary system. The title and the opening words of the corresponding section of the «Life of St. Sergius of Radonezh» are given at the bottom of the screen.


You can perform a full text search by keyword.

The search query returns a list of entries which are linked to the correspoding virtual pages of the manuscript that you can view. In the transliteration box, the search word are marked with colour.


Section contains a list of basic literature about St. Sergius of Radonezh and related items.