1st Edition

Medieval Rus’ and Early Modern Russia Texts and Contexts

Edited By Susana Torres Prieto, Andrei Franklin Copyright 2023
    274 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Research on the East Slavs in the medieval period has considerably changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The emergence of new states forced a rethinking of many aspects of the history and culture of the early East Slavs as the subject became increasingly disentangled from the umbrella of Byzantine studies and fruitful collaboration was fostered between scholars worldwide. This book, which brings together scholars from Russia, Ukraine, western Europe and North America, of several generations, presents a broad overview of the main results of the last three decades of research and mutual collaboration. This is important work, providing a much-needed counterbalance to studies of western Europe in the period, which has been the main focus of study, with the lands of the East Slavs relatively neglected.

              Section I: Use of Byzantine models and sources

    1. Leo VI and the Transformation of Byzantine Strategic Thinking about the Rus’
    2. Monica White

    3. Who Was ‘Theodore the Rhos from a Family of Emperors’, the Owner of the Stone from the Holy Sepulchre?
    4. Oleksiy Tolochko

    5. Cosmos, Calendars and Medical Advice in the Miscellanies of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius and their Late Byzantine Counterparts (14th-early 16th centuries)
    6. Ann-Laurance Caudano

    7. Holy Foolishness and Gender Transgression in Russian Hagiography from the Middle Ages to Modernity
    8. Nick Mayhew

      Section II: Historiography and Construction of Historical Narratives

    9. Some Unnoticed Greek Quotes in Old Russian Chronicles
    10. Sergey A. Ivanov

    11. Retranslating the Rus′ Primary Chronicle: Perspectives on Horace Lunt’s New Rendering
    12. Michael S. Flier

    13. Two emperors of the princess Olga’s visit to Constantinople: Constantine VII Porphyrogenitos versus John Tzimiskes in the copies of the Rus’ Primary Chronicle
    14. Tatiana Vilkul

    15. Patriarch Germanus II of Constantinople and the Slavic world
    16. Maria V. Korogodina

    17. Thoughtful Agglomeration: Late Byzantine Sources for Muscovite Ceremonial
    18. Alexandra Vukovich

    19. Boris Godunov and his family in the mirror of medieval Russian polyonymy
    20. Anna Litvina and Fjodor B. Uspenskij

      Section III: Material Supports of Written Texts

    21. "I must be cruel only to be kind": towards a literary history of Kyiv graffito No. 108
    22. Aleksey A. Gippius

    23. Muscovite Acquisition of Books from Poland in the Late 1640s–Early 1650s
    24. Daniel C. Waugh and Olena Janssen

    25. The Codex in Early Rus’ between the 11th-15th centuries: variations of form and variations of function
    26. Dmitrii Bulanin

      Section IV: Social Repercussions of the Graphosphere

    27. Sofiia Vitovtovna’s Dance: The Wedding of Vasilii II in Russian Cultural Memory
    28. Sergei Bogatyrev

    29. Revolution in the Pictosphere: The Ukrainian Baroque and Muscovite Reception

    Valerie Kivelson


    Susana Torres Prieto is an Associate Professor of Humanities at IE University, Madrid/Segovia Andrei Franklin is a freelance researcher, proofreader and translator