By Janet Martin
This revised version is a concise, but accomplished narrative of the historical past of Russia from the reign of Vladimir I the Saint, via to the reign of Ivan IV the bad. Supplementing the unique variation with result of lately released scholarship in addition to her personal study, Janet Martin emphasizes the dynamics of Russias political evolution from the unfastened federation of principalities often called Kievan Rus during the period of Mongol domination to the advance of the Muscovite country.
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Extra resources for Medieval Russia, 980-1584 (Cambridge Medieval Textbooks)
Subordinate to Khazaria until its disintegration, the Volga Bulgars, acting with some local leaders of the North Caucasus, partially restored order along the lower Volga and in the northern Caspian region. They were, however, unable to reestablish the control over the steppe that had been maintained by the Khazars or prevent piracy on the Caspian. But Bulgar did continue to provide Rus merchants access to its markets. There the Rus sold their goods for silver coin (until c. 1015) and other Oriental and native products.
But there is some question as to whether either brother actually sat in the capital.
Elsewhere in his account the chronicler, a Christian monk, stressed Sviatopolk’s illegitimacy by pointing out he was actually Iaropolk’s, not Vladimir’s, son. Following Sviatopolk were Vysheslav, the son of a Czech woman, then Sviatoslav and another son named Mstislav, both sons of a second Czech woman. Finally, Boris and Gleb appeared in the list, identified as sons of a Bulgarian woman. This list does not indicate the relative ages of Vladimir’s sons, nor does it reveal which of his sons survived him.