Alice Gardner in her introduction writes that “in [Theodore of Studium], there were focused many great historical tendencies which gave their character to the churches and the civil societies of the Middle Ages.” His legacy includes being one of the first to take a principled stand against slavery, building the Stoudios monastery into a scholarly hub of the Byzantine world, and leaving a profound mark on Byzantine literature via his prolific corpus. Gardner’s elegantly presents the facts of Theodore’s life and analyzes his place in the history of Orthodoxy.
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Alice Gardner was a lecturer and associate of Newnham College, Cambridge. She is also the author of Julian the Philosopher and Studies in John the Scot.