03 September 2011

The Head of the House of Romanoff has sent Her Condolences on the Death of the Prominent Russian Historian and Archeographer, Ia. N. Shchapov

The Head of the House of Romanoff has sent Her Condolences on the Death of the Prominent Russian Historian and Archeographer, Ia. N. Shchapov

On August 31, 2011, the 84-year-old historian and archeographer, Ia. N. Shchapov, died after a serious illness. Dr. Shchapov was a professor, a Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN), and the honorary chair of the Academic Division of the Russian Nobility Association. The deceased was also a professor in the Department of History (Section of Russian History up to the Eighteenth Century) at Moscow State University; the director of the Center for the History of Religion and the Church of the Institute of Russian History of RAN; the chair of the Academic Committee on the “Role of Religion in History,” also of RAN; the chair of the Russian Society of Historians and Archivists; a member of the editorial board of the publication The Encyclopedia of Orthodoxy; a member (and from 2003 to 2007, the chair) of the Committee of Honorary Members of the Imperial Orthodox Society of Palestine; the head of the Historical Section of the House of Scholars [Dom uchenykh] in Moscow; and the director of the “Municipal Museum of the History of Shchapovo Estate,” which he founded on the grounds of his family’s ancestral property.

Ia. N. Shchapov was for many years an active supporter of the Russian Imperial House. For his service to the Church, the nation, and to the dynasty, he was awarded the Imperial Order of St. Anna, and received the right to wear the Imperial medal “For Diligence and Assistance.”

The Head of the Russian Imperial House, H.I.H. Grand Duchess Maria Wladimirovna, sent the following letter of condolence, which was handed to Ia. N. Shchapov’s widow by the director of H.I.H.’s Chancellery at the Elokhov Epiphany Cathedral before the funeral service, which was officiated by His Eminence, Archbishop Arsenii of Istrin, vicar of the Patriarch, along with other clergy, at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy and panikhida service to the memory of His Holiness Aleksei II of Moscow and All Russia.


To Iu. L. Shchapova,

Dear Iulia Leonidovna,

It was with deep sadness that I learned of the death of Iaroslav Nikolaevich Shchapov—a prominent Russian academic whose scholarly achievements have become part of the glittering body of Russian historical scholarship, and who was a member of a glorious family, the traditions of which he piously preserved and advanced, a person of great kindness, genuine honor, and high culture.

I and my son and heir, Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich, offer our most sincere condolences to you and all your family, to his colleagues, and to his many students. His memory, his love, loyalty, and service to Us will always remain in our hearts.

May the Lord give rest to the soul of His newly departed servant, Iaroslav (in Holy Baptism Georgii) in the Heavenly abode of the righteous.

[The original is signed in Her Imperial Highness’s own hand:]

H.I.H. Grand Duchess Maria Wladimirovna

September 2, 2011

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