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Medieval Russian Epics, Chronicles and Tales: Revised Edition

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  99 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Russian Studies, Medieval Studies
Paperback, 526 pages
Published May 29th 1974 by Plume (first published 1963)
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Bryan Alexander
I've poked at this book for decades, only really reading it seriously over the past month. I'm glad I got to it.

Like the British saying goes, Medieval Russia's Epics, Chronicles, and Tales does what it says on the tin. Zenkovsky assembles a fine sampler of Russian lit from around 1040 to 1690 CE. He collects poems, epics, historical accounts, and a lot of varied religious texts.

Readers can plunge into the earliest Russian texts to discover the founding of Kievan Rus, with the classic myth of th
I read parts of this in college, and had read some of the pieces to the kids here and there. However, I started reading it cover to cover last fall and then thought I'd finish it up recently. The translations aren't always fabulous, but having this collection in one place is absolutely wonderful and there are such great hagiographies included, it's a resource.
Aug 31, 2007 Joe rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: russian history fans
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It's awesome to have a book that's full of hard to find medieval Russian sources translated into English. I'm having fun reading first hand accounts of monks, saints and rulers. It's especially interesting learning about the Kiev Crypt Monastery which I visited but only learned a little about before.
On the down side, I think some of the translations are akward and need to be revamped or made more accurate. It get's a little annoying when the translator uses the word "presbyter" to refer to an an
Laura Wetsel
A good collection, but where is Vlad the Impaler!
A little dry in places, but 'The Lay of Igor's Campaign' will remain one of my all time favorites. A solid overview of Russian writing from the 11th to 17th century.
Jim Booth
Excellent introduction to the history of Russian literature.
Pretty good but a little dry for me.
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