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Vasilii Aleksandrovich Daudov

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Author(s): Soldat, Cornelia
Biography Vasilii Aleksandrovich Daudov was a servant at the Muscovite Ambassadorial Chancellery. He was Persian and Muslim by birth, and his original name was Alimartsan Bababaev. He came to Muscovy in 1654 in the entourage of I.I. Loganov-Rostovskii, who was the ambassador to the Shah. In his autobiographical notes, Daudov justifies his change of allegiance by saying that he was interested in Christianity and had heard that Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich offered well-paid jobs to people from other countries. In that same year, 1654, Daudov converted from Islam to Orthodox Ch…

 Kazanskaia istoriia

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Author(s): Soldat, Cornelia
Kazanskaia istoriiaIstoriia o Kazanskom carstve; , Istoriia o Kazanskom tsarstve‘Kazan chronicle’'History of the Empire of Kazan' Kazan chronicle Date: 1564-5 Original Language: Old Russian Description The  Kazan chronicle is written in Old Russian with parts in vernacular Russian and Church Slavonic. It comes from the time before the formation of a unified Russian literary language, which makes it of interest to linguists. The longest manuscript of the chronicle consists of 153 pages and is dated to the 1660s. In G.Z. Kuntsevich’s edition, it is 496 pages long. At the beginning …

Feodosii, Archbishop of Novgorod

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Author(s): Soldat, Cornelia
Biography Born in the late 15th century, Feodosii was professed as a monk in the early 16th century. He became hieromonakh of the Iosifo-Volokolamsk Monastery in 1523, and on 21 November 1532, he was made abbot of the Novgorod Khutynskii Monastery by Grand Prince Vasilii III. In this position, he kept watch over the secular authorities in Novgorod while Archbishop Makarii was visiting Moscow in 1535. He also intervened against pagan priests and rites in the Russian north, e.g. in Karelia. Feodosii is thought to have been a member of Makarii’s literary circle. In 1539, Feodosii was sho…

Nifont Kormilitsin

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Author(s): Soldat, Cornelia
Nifont Kormilitsyn Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: Approximately 1561 Place of Death: Volokolamsk Monastery Biography Nothing is known about Nifont’s birth or early years. He was made a monk in the Iosifo-Volokolamsk Monastery at the beginning of the 16thcentury and soon became one of the more active members of the literary circle of those influenced by the monastery founder, Iosif of Volokolamsk. From 1522 to 1543, he was abbot of the monastery. In his time at Volokolamsk, Nifont strove to enlarge the monast…

Pisʾmo zaporozhtsev turetskomu sultanu

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Author(s): Soldat, Cornelia
Biography Primary Sources of Information Secondary Sources of Information Works on Christian-Muslim Relations Legendarnoe pisʾmo zaporozhtsev turetskomu sultanu, napisannoe, po predaniiu 1675 Cornelia Soldat

 Dva rasskaza o pokhodakh Ivana Groznogo na Kazan'

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Author(s): Soldat, Cornelia
Dva rasskaza o pokhodakh Ivana Groznogo na Kazan''Two accounts of Ivan the Terrible’s Kazan campaigns' Nifont Kormilitsyn Date: Unknown Original Language: Old Russian Description The first account, only four pages long, tells how, when the 19-year-old Ivan IV was preparing a campaign against Kazan, he went to Vladimir, where he was blessed by Metropolitan Makarii with the icon of St Peter the Metropolitan and a fragment of the true cross from Simonov Monastery, Moscow. Ivan took with him Nifont and Sergii, the abbot of…

 Legendarnoe pisʾmo zaporozhtsev turetskomu sultanu, napisannoe, po predaniiu 1675

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Author(s): Soldat, Cornelia
Pisʾmo zaporozhtsev turetskomu sultanu‘Legendary letter of the Zaporozhians to the Turkish sultan, written according to the legend 1675’, ‘Letter of the Zaporozhians to the Turkish sultan’‘Letter of the Chigirins to the Turkish sultan’ Pisʾmo zaporozhtsev turetskomu sultanu Date: 1672-80 Original Language: Old Russian Description ‘Zaporozhian Cossacks’ is the term used to refer to those who had been settling since the 15th century in the steppe area around the lower Dnieprʾ, which later became the borderland between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Mu…

Istoriia o Kazanskom tsarstve

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Author(s): Soldat, Cornelia
Kazan chronicle Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Date of Death: Place of Death: Biography According to what the author says in the colophon, he was a Russian captive who was held in Kazan for 20 years and converted to Islam. Then, at the beginning of the Kazan campaign he fled and entered the service of Ivan IV. Primary Sources of Information The only source for the author is the Kazan chronicle itself. Secondary Sources of Information - Works on Christian-Muslim Relations Kazanskaia istoriia Cornelia Soldat

 Three epistles to Ivan IV during the Kazan campaign

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Author(s): Soldat, Cornelia
Three epistles to Ivan IV during the Kazan campaign- Feodosii, Archbishop of Novgorod Date: Epistles 1 and 3, 1545-6; Epistles 2 and 4, 1550-1 Original Language: Old Russian Description The discrepancy in numbers between three and four epistles comes from the fact that the Epistle 2 has a second distinct redaction and is sometimes counted as Epistle 4. In all the epistles, Feodosii uses the Psalms and the Donation of Constantine, and refers to the first Russian Princes, Igor’, Sviatoslav and Vladimir, who had dealings with the Byzantine emperors. Feodo…

 Vyezd iz Persii

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Author(s): Soldat, Cornelia
‘The journey from Persia’ Vasilii Aleksandrovich Daudov Date: After 1696 Original Language: Old Russian Description Vasilii Aleksandrovich Daudov’s autobiography Vyezd iz Persii (in full,  Vyezd iz Persii i sluzhby stol’nika Vasiliia Aleksandrovicha Daudova, kotoroi vyekhal iz goroda Kazmina, a imia emu bylo Alimartsa, byl Babaev syn Daudov, The journey from Persia and the service of the stol’nik Vasilii Aleksandrovich Daudov, who came from the town of Kazmin, and his name was Alimartsa and Babaev, and he was the son of Daudov’) according to the co…

 About a holy martyr Ivan, who was tortured for Christ in the city of Kazan

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Author(s): Soldat, Cornelia
O sviamom muchenike, izhe za Khrisma muchen vo gradeZhitie Ioanna Kazanskogo;, Skazanie velikago i slavnago chiudesi, ezhe byst‘ vo grade Kazani‘The life of Ioann of Kazan'’, ‘An account of the great and glorious wonders that happened in the town of Kazan'’ Nifont Kormilitsyn Date: Not later than the 1550s Original Language: Old Russian Description Many monks at Volokolamsk Monastery in the 1550-60s were veterans of the Kazan’ campaigns, so Nifont may not be the author of this work. The attribution is given by Kuntsevich, ‘Maloizvestnye zapisi’, wh…