One more, last saying – and my chronicle is over


Kiev-Pechersky Monastery. Miniature under 1051 from the Radziwill Chronicle, 15th century

… and may the Lord reward everyone according to his righteousness and according to his truth …
1 Kings 26:23

Historical science versus pseudoscience. This is the last material on the topic of our chronicles. Surely, under this material, as in the comments to the previous article, there will again appear statements in the spirit, they say, “The Germans wrote them for us.” I just want to exclaim: how long! But I decided to do it differently. Better. Since there is absolutely nothing in the texts of the chronicles to hurt our honor and dignity, I decided to rewrite one of the chronicles myself – in the same language, in the same words. This is an example of what could be done with texts if you wanted to screw us up. True, I have never seen such texts.

They will say to me: what about the notorious “Vocation …” However, if you read it carefully, it becomes clear: there is nothing reprehensible there either. In Russia there is an institute of reign, and hence an early feudal state. There are cities … And so a foreigner is invited to the place of the prince, and … that’s all. And from this someone made a whole theory? That is, a circumstance that is just right not to mention, it is so insignificant, for someone it serves as a source of “theory”. It’s funny if it weren’t so sad. But, however, now we will talk about something else. About how the text of the story about the same Battle on the Ice could have been changed if the “evil-minded German academics” wanted to do this.

The most detailed and detailed story about the Battle of the Ice is in the Novgorod 1st Chronicle of the older edition – and we will rewrite it …

“In the summer of 6750. Prince Oleksandr will go with Novgorodtsi and with his brother Andrey and from Nizovtsi to the Chyud land on the Germans and go all the way to Plskov. And expel Prince Plskov, confiscated by Nemtsi and Chyud, and, pinning down, streams to Novgorod, and you yourself will go to Chyud. And as if you were on the ground, let the regiment be in prosperity, and Domash Tverdislavich and Kerbet were in the ravine, and I squandered the Germans and Chyud at the bridge, and beat that one. And she killed that Nemtsi Domash, the brother of the posadnich, and beat him with him, and seized him with his hands, and iniya to the prince came to the regiment. And God do not help them for their many sins. The prince climbed onto the lake, while Nemtsi and Chyud went along them. Prince Oleksandr and Novgorodtsi saw Nemtsi and Chyud, and set up a regiment on the Chyudskoye lake, on Uzmen, at the Voronya Kamen. And fear seized Oleksandr Velmi, and God help your servants before the brothers of your holy cross. And she drove that one to the regiment of Germans and Chyud, and, filled with the spirit of the battle, walked the pig through the regiment. And God and Saint Sophia and the holy martyrs Boris and Gleb, for the sake of Novgorodtsi, Prince Oleksandr did not help the greats and people like him. And pada one that beschisla, and Nemtsi imati 50 deliberate voivods of Novgorodtsi, and Prince Oleksandr himself and his death with him escaped and rushed to Novgorod and shut up, and was in sorrow. And the month of April at 5, for the memory of the holy martyr Claudius, for the praise of the holy Mother of God, and Saturday. “
It turned out well, didn’t it ?! That’s how the “Germans” should write. And they?..


Synodal List of the Novgorod First Chronicle (SHM)

And now we continue the story about what our most famous chronicle works are. The most important thing is their content, which is different in each chronicle. Which, again, could not be reproduced by any “forgers”. Even our people can get confused in the peculiarities of the language and content, styles and manner of presentation, and for foreigners all these subtleties and nuances are a continuous filkin literacy. Moreover, even for a lot of money, they would not have been able to find people in Russia who would have done this work with a soul. No, they would have taken money from foreigners, of course, but they would have done the job somehow. We often do it for ourselves somehow, and even try for infidels, but it will do for them anyway – and this is the opinion of the people in relation to foreigners we have always had! In addition, there are just a lot of subtleties in the content of the chronicles.

For example, here is how things were in Novgorod, where the boyar party won. We read the entry of the Novgorod First Chronicle about the expulsion of Vsevolod Mstislavich in 1136 – and what do we see? A real indictment against this prince. But this is just one article from the whole collection. Because after 1136, the entire chronicle was revised. Before that, it was conducted under the auspices of Vsevolod and his father Mstislav the Great. Even its very name, “Russian Time”, was remade into “St. Sophia Time” to emphasize that this chronicle is being kept at the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Novgorod. Anything to emphasize the independence of Novgorod relative to Kiev, and the fact that he can elect princes and drive them out of his own free will. That is, one article was simply overlooked, right? It turns out so!

In each chronicle, the political idea was often expressed in a very specific way. So, in the vault of 1200, compiled after the completion of the construction of the stone wall to protect the Vydubitsky monastery from erosion of its foundation by the Dnieper waters, Abbot Moses commendably spoke out to the Kiev prince Rurik Rostislavich, who gave money for it. According to the customs of that time, the abbot addresses the prince in him: “Take our scripture as a gift of words to praise the virtue of your reign.” And its “autocratic power” shines “more (more) than the stars of heaven”, and “not only is it known in the Russian ends, but also to those in the sea far away, for the glory of Christ-loving deeds has spread throughout the earth,” and “kyans” (that is Kievites), “now stand on the wall” and “joy enters their souls.” That is, when necessary, they wrote anything to the princes, including open flattery. But how can this “fake” in relation to the construction of this wall? To rewrite the chronicle and indicate that he did not build it? So here she is … And if he built, then well done in any case!

Interestingly, the annals were an official document. When the Novgorodians, for example, entered into a “row”, that is, the most common agreement with the new prince, they always reminded him of the “Yaroslavl letters” and the rights that belonged to them and were recorded in the Novgorod chronicles. Russian princes took the chronicles with them to the Horde and there, in accordance with them, proved which of them was entitled to. Thus, Prince Yuri, the son of Dmitry Donskoy, who reigned in Zvenigorod, proved his right to the Moscow reign with “chroniclers and old lists, and the spiritual (testament) of his father.” Well, people who could “speak the chronicle”, that is, they knew the content of the chronicles very well, were in high esteem.


Tolstoy’s copy of the Sofia First Chronicle. Collection of the Department of Manuscripts of the Russian National Library

Moreover, it is very important that the chronicles unwittingly give us valuable information about everyday life, and sometimes help us to understand the spiritual world of people so remote from us. For example, it is believed that the role of a woman was diminished at that time. But here is the letter of the Volyn prince Vladimir Vasilkovich, who was the nephew of Prince Daniil Galitsky. His will. He was terminally ill, realized that his end was not far off, and wrote a will concerning his wife and stepdaughter. Note that in Russia there was such a custom: after the death of her husband, the princess usually tonsured into a nun. But what do we read in Prince Vladimir’s charter?

The letter first lists the cities and villages that he gave to the princess “in his belly,” that is, after death. And at the very end he writes: “If he wants to go to the blue women, let him go, if he does not want to go, but as she likes. I will not rise up to see what someone will fix (do) on my stomach. ” Although Vladimir appointed his stepdaughter a guardian, however, he ordered: “not to give her in marriage involuntarily to anyone.” So much for the tradition, here for the disenfranchised women in Russia.

One more, last saying - and my chronicle is over
Everything is published today – take it and read it!

There was one more feature of the chronicles, which at the same time makes them difficult to understand and to fake. The fact is that the chroniclers used to insert excerpts from other people’s works, and of a variety of genres, into their vaults. These are teachings, sermons, lives of saints, and historical stories. Those who liked what they liked put in, sometimes having some kind of intention, or even simply wanting to show their education. That is why the chronicles are downright a huge and diverse encyclopedia of ancient Russian life. But you need to take it to study skillfully. “If you want to know everything, read the chronicler of the old Rostov one,” wrote the Suzdal Bishop Simon at the beginning of the 13th century in his work “Kiev-Pechersk Patericon”.


“Chronicler’s Choice” on the columns. Moscow chronicler of the 17th century. on the columns. Collection of the Department of Manuscripts of the Russian National Library

It happens (although this is uncharacteristic) that the chroniclers report in the text the details of their personal life: “That summer they made me a priest.” Such a clarifying record about himself was made by the priest of one of the Novgorod churches, Herman Voyataya (Voyata – short for the pagan name Voeslav).


Chronicler of Jonah Solovetsky. Collection of the Department of Manuscripts of the Russian National Library

There are also quite common expressions in the chronicle texts, and often about princes. “And he lied,” – it is written about the prince in one Pskov chronicle.

And, of course, they all the time contain samples of oral folk art. When, for example, a Novgorodian chronicler tells about how one of the mayor was removed from office, he writes: “Whoever digs a hole under another will fall into it himself.” “Will fall in”, not “fall down”. That’s what they said then.


Tver annals collection. Stroyevsky list. Collection of MP Pogodin, No. 1414. Sheet 14. Collection of the Department of Manuscripts of the Russian National Library

Writing the texts of the chronicles was hard work, and rewriting them was even more difficult. And then the scribes-monks made notes in the margins (!), In which they complained about fate: “Oh, oh, my head hurts, I can’t write.” Or: “A dashing pen, involuntarily write to them.” We don’t need to talk about a lot of mistakes made through inattention!

A very long and very unusual postscript was made by the monk Lavrenty, at the end of his work:

“The merchant rejoices when he has made a tribute, and the helmsman is a police officer, and a wanderer has come to his fatherland; the book writer rejoices in the same way, having reached the end of books. Likewise, I am the thin unworthy and sinful servant of God Lavrenty me … And now, gentlemen, fathers and brothers, if you have described or copied or not added where, honor (read), correcting God doing (for God’s sake), and not swear, since early (since) the books are dilapidated, and the mind is young, has not reached. “

In order for the young mind to “reach” everything that has to be reached, it is necessary to begin with reading the complete collection of Russian chronicles published long ago in our country. Their texts are available in both print and digital versions. Their study requires a lot of work, but the result will not keep you waiting. Fate itself helps those who are daring!

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