As a young man Nicholas studied at the Studius monastery in Constantinople, and became a monk at age 18. He was exiled during the years of the iconoclast persecutions. Abbot of his house upon his return. When emperor Michael replaced Saint Ignatius of Constantinople with Photius as patriarch of Constantinople, Nicholas openly opposed him, and was sent again into exile. When emperor Basil restored Ignatius as patriach in 858, Nicholas returned to his monastery. However, by this point he was feeling the weight of his years, and spent his remaining days as a simple monk.
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