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Classified British Government Documents Concerning Patriarch Meletios Metaxakis

Originally Posted by Matthew Namee


"In the fall, I visited Hellenic College-Holy Cross (where I delivered this paper on the EP’s “barbarian lands” theory), and while I was on campus, I took the opportunity to visit the school’s library and track down an extremely rare collection of 232 once-classified British government documents on Meletios Metaxakis. These documents were compiled by Dr Andreas Tillyrides (now Archbishop Makarios of Kenya), who published them in 1984 under the title Meletios Metaxakis and English Diplomacy. The documents run from 1917 — just before Meletios was elected Metropolitan of Athens — up to Meletios’s death in 1935.

Meletios Metaxakis as Patriarch of Constantinople

They include detailed accounts of the drama surrounding Meletios’s election as Ecumenical Patriarch in 1921 and his tumultuous reign that ended with his exile two years later. They go on to cover the contested election for the Alexandrian Patriarchate that led to Meletios’s victory, and then later, his failed attempt to win the throne of Jerusalem. Since these are government documents in the public domain, I’ve decided to publish them in full, for the use of anyone who wants to dig deeper into the history of Orthodoxy in this pivotal era. In time, I’m sure I will publish analyses of the documents on this website, too" [1].



[1]. Orthodox History. "Classified British Documents on Meletios Metaxakis." Accessed March 26th, 2023,

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