The Kingdom of Rus’


The Kingdom of Rus’

ISBN: 9781942401315


As scholarship continues to expand the idea of medieval Europe beyond “the West,” the Rus’ remain the final frontier relegated to the European periphery. The Kingdom of Rus’ challenges the perception of Rus’ as an eastern “other” – advancing the idea of the Rus’ as a kingdom deeply integrated with medieval Europe, through an innovative analysis of medieval titles. Examining a wide range of medieval sources, this book exposes the common practice in scholarship of referring to Rusian rulers as princes as a relic of early modern attempts to diminish the Rus’. Not only was Rus’ part and parcel of medieval Europe, but in the eleventh and twelfth centuries Rus’ was the largest kingdom in Christendom.


Timeline of Events
Introduction: The Problem with Names
The Place of Rus’ in Europe
The Historiography of the Translation of Kniaz’
Titulature and Medieval Rulers
What was a Kniaz’?
Medieval Titulature and Rus’
Titles for Other Medieval Rulers in Rusian Sources
Conclusion: Consequences and Resolution
Further Reading

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Christian Raffensperger is Associate Professor of History at Wittenberg University, Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and Director of the Premodern and Ancient World Studies Program.

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The importance of this book cannot be overstated, and The Kingdom of the Rus’ ought to be on the reading list of anyone seeking to understand not just medieval Rusian history, but European medieval history in general., Erica Steiner, University of Sydney, Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 5 (2018), 1 April 2019

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