AUTHOR: Costin CLIT
RUSULUI CONVENT. DOCUMENTARY TESTIMONIES
Danubius, XXXVII, Galaţi, 2019, pp. 417-450.
Rusului Convent, nowadays situated on the territory of Galați county and, previously, on the territorial units of Tutova and Covurlui (it shifted from one unit to another, according to the fuctuations of the administrative system) has a little known past. At times, its history was approached by researchers as a result of its proximity to Adam monastery, a more attractive and better known historical objective.The recovered records don’t allow the composition of a complete historical monograph. The historiographic researches led to yet limited results, such as brief accounts regarding the monastic life within that area. Rusului Convent is one of the many small sized monastic establishments which testify about the Orthodox ascetic life on these lands and also about the vocation the Romanians had for monastic life. We don’t have any data regarding the participation of the convent in the cultural life of the area or about any teaching activity carried by its members. The present paper attempts to collect and interpret the information already known by the researchers and also several unedited documents found by us within the archives. In future, these may the researchers in writing a monograph of the convent. The paper includes several documents from the period 1695-1849, dealing with this establishment. Nevertheless, the history of the convent still has many big gaps that require further research.