Russian and Slavic Research Material Available

Dame Aoife has done extensive research on sources for Slavs and Rus during the medieval time period. Her annoted links are now available.

Greetings everyone. This week's Links list turns it's attention to Eastern Europe. Special Thanks should go out to the Slavic Interest Group, who have made an awful lot of information available on the internet for our use, gratis.

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Hope you are all having a terrific summer.



Costumer's Manifesto, Racinet's Les Costumes Historique Plates on Medieval Polish Costume

Medieval Poland: Food and Drink
(Site Excerpt) We now know a little bit more than we used to about what medieval Poles ate and drank. Food and Drink in Medieval Poland by Dembinska and Weaver, gives a nice overview though the recipes includes are only re-creations rather than authentic period recipes or redactions.

Welcome to the Polish ZNAN'STVO (KNOWLEDGE) Page
(Site Excerpt) This is a guide to the history, culture, and daily life of medieval Poland. It is being prepared and contributed to by members of the Slavic Interest group, most of whom belong to the SCA (a medieval re-creation group). It is designed to be a resource for historical recreation, especially for those with Polish and Polish-Lithuanian personas.

Medieval Russia Knowledge Page
(Site Excerpt) For the purposes of the Russian Knowledge Page, Medieval Russia is defined as 600 to 1689 CE, the year Peter the Great came into power and introduced his Western-style reforms. In the Society for Creative Anachronism (the group the Slavic Interest Group comes from) the medieval period is defined as 600 to 1600 CE. To address this discrepancy, we will note the year of any documentation or information whenever possible so that people can decide on their own what is "medieval" for Russia.

SIG (Slavic Interest Group) Hungarian Page
(Site Excerpt) This is the SIG (Slavic Interest Group) Hungarian page. We're a participant in the Slavic Knowledge/Slavianskoe Znan'stovo project, whose goal is to be a resource for historical recreation. No, Hungary isn't Slavic per se, but we're included because it'd be hard to learn much about Eastern Europe without taking Hungary into account. This is a guide to the history, culture, and daily life of Hungary and those who lived there - the Magyars, Huns, and everybody else from that region and culture that isn't covered on another page.

SIG Croatian Knowledge Page
(Site Excerpt) Croatia is a small country with a big heritage. Did you know that Saint Jerome and Joseph Haydn were both Croats? Did you know the country boasts many Roman ruins? That for centuries Croatia successfully warred against Venice for control of the eastern Adriatic? That the neck tie (cravat) is of Croatian origin? Croatians are proud of their heritage, and there are many fine websites available because of this!

Romanian Knowledge Page
(Site Excerpt) The following links lead to pages pertaining to various aspects of Medieval Romania. Where sufficient information exists these pages are further divided into separate areas for Wallachia and Moldavia. I have also cross-linked, where possible, to the Transylvanian Knowledge Page to make it easier to get the full picture of what it was like to be a Romanian in the Middle Ages.

Baltic States Knowledge Pages!
(Site Excerpt) The Baltic States today are Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Only Latvia and Lithuania actually speak a Baltic language and have a Baltic culture in the strict sense; the Estonian language is closer to Finnish, and is not a Baltic language. Nevertheless, all three are small nations today, and it is convenient to call them all Baltic. The Baltic states lie on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, and are bordered by Poland, Russia, Belarus, and Finland. The map above at right shows the area of the Baltic states today in deep red. A much larger area was controlled by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 15th and 16th centuries, when it held much of what is today Belarus and some of the Ukraine. Latvia and Estonia were ruled by the Teutonic Knights, and the dominant culture was Livonian. Lithuania has since become a much smaller country, and the Livonians have been subsumed by Latvian culture and language.

Beyond the Pale: The Jews of Lithuania and Poland
(Site Excerpt) JEWISH GROUPS WHO MIGRATE to Poland and Lithuania from the 13th century onward form the nucleus of Russian Jewry. After the expulsion of Spanish Jewry and the continued persecution of Jews in Western Europe, Poland and Lithuania become the new cultural center of Jewish life in Europe by the 16th century.

British Library: Slavonic and East European Collections
(Site Excerpt) The British Library's collections in the field of Slavonic, East European and Soviet Studies are the largest in the UK, and probably in Western Europe. The policy of the East European Section is to acquire, as widely as possible, material of research value published in all Slavonic and East European languages covering subjects in the humanities and social sciences. Collections 1996, The British Library Board Cover illustration by Il'ia Zdanevich (Tiflis, 1919), reproduced from 'A Catalogue of Russian Avant-Garde Books, 1912-1934' (London: The British Library, 1994) (Menu Includes Albanian Collections, Baltic Collections, Belarusian Collections, Bulgarian Collections, Czech Collections, Former Yugoslav Collections, Hungarian Collections, Lusatian (Sorbian) Collections, Moldovan Collections, Polish Collections, Romanian Collections, Russian Collections, Slovak Collections, Ukrainian Collections.

The Onion: Society for Creative Anachronism Seizes Control of Russia!
A fairly funny spoof article.

Slavic Interest Group Mailing List
(Site Excerpt) The SIG List provides a discussion of the history and culture of the Medieval Slavic and Eastern European world. We are aimed specifically towards members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) with Slavic, Central Asian, and Eastern and Central European personas, but we provide information and resources to anyone. Anything relating to pre-1650 Slavic, Central Asian, Eastern European or Central European history, or anything Slavic, Central Asian, Eastern European or Central European as it pertains to the SCA is welcome here.

Medieval Poland Timeline
Ignore the cheezy typeface. Some decent general info is here. The History of Poland
(Site Excerpt) Emerging as an independent kingdom in the 9th century, Poland has a long and complicated history. However, the last five hundred years have seen the country conquered and divided for large periods

Russia and Eastern Europe Chronology
This timelines gives hyper-links to general eras for more information.

The City and the Castle in Medieval Poland
(Site Excerpt) This paper presents medieval defence systems of town and cities in Central and Northern part of the Kingdom of Poland (the area of the former Provinces - 'voivodships' - of Posen, Kalisz, Leczyca, Sieradz, Cuiavia and of the Land of Dobrzyn). To achieve more comprehensive insight it also deals with the fortifications of the towns of Masovia, the duchy formally independent from 'The Crown' until 1526. The Little Poland's (Malopolska) provinces have been separately discussed by S. Kolodziejski. The towns of Royal Prussia, incorporated to the Kingdom only in 1466, have been omitted, as the origins of their strongholds date back to the Teutonic Knights' State.

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa's Page
This site provides 9 links to history of Medieval POland and two to the author's name saint Queen Jadwiga of Wawel.

Polish Links
Many links provided here, in alphabetic order, and a great many of them deal with Medieval Poland.

(Site Excerpt) In this annotated bibliography, Eastern Europe means most of the region, between the Baltic Sea in the North and the Aegean in the South, also between Germany, Austria and Italy in the West, and Russia in the East. East Central Europe means Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, and this region is emphasized in the selection. Poland receives the most space not only because it is the compiler's primary interest, but also because it enjoys more English language studies than any other country in the whole region. In Part I, Selected works on the Balkans and the Baltic peoples are listed after those on East Central Europe.

Polska pisza,ca w s'redniowieczu (Writing in Medieval Poland)
(Site Excerpt) The value of the lists of medieval scribes and colophone formulas for research has already been stressed many times. Such collections are a basic source for research on history of the book and libraries in the Middle Ages. They are a valuable tool for scholars studying medieval culture, interested in the transmission of ideas and views in writing. They enable a precise definition of the role of a written text in the medieval community, in various social environment and social circles. They also enable the study of intellectual interests and reading habits of various social and professional circles, the study of educational and propaganda activities. In short, they enable a precise definition of by whom, when, where, when and what text was copied ; what for, and for whom or to whose order.

Medieval Castle in Sopot
(Site Excerpt) In Sopot and neighbourhood during archaeological survey during the years 1918 - 1939 and during 1980s called as an archaeological map of Poland, 42 sites were registered dating mainly from Iron Age and Mid-century (800 - 900 AD). Those sites are early inhabitants, relics and some real treasures as pointed above. One of the most impotent sites are ruins of medieval castle, one of the best treasure of past history and very well preserved. It is located on hills next to Haffner Street, 400 m from the beach, which were formed during the last Ace Age. It is surrounded by steep cliffs and deep valleys with streams. It was defended from west by moat and dike in the shape of horse shoe. No moat was detected from the sea site; probably swampy bank existed during this time making it impossible to attack from sea.

Medieval Russia Links and Research
(Site Excerpt) These pages are devoted to researching Russia before Peter the Great came into power, what a number of people regard as the middle ages of Russia. For my purposes I define the Middle Ages of Russia as about 600 CE to about 1650 CE. Here you will find links devoted to Russian costuming, culture, food, history and anything else I can get my hands on. The Slavic and East European part of my research is a bit smaller.

Russian and Soviet History Internet Resources
This is a no-frills, links-only site.

Women in Medieval Russia Bibliography
A Query and answer format makes this page a little confusing. If youlike, scroll down to get to the bibliography.

Was Medieval Moravia in the Hungarian Plain?
Henrik Birnbaum
(Site Excerpt) One of Egger's tenets is that Mojmir's and Rastislav's Moravia - by him called with this Latinized name also in his German text, in order to set it apart from the common German designation M�ren - was located not where we traditionally assume it to have been and also not where Boba had sought to place it, i.e., south of the Danube, but in the Great Hungarian Plain - Alf�d - on the banks of the Tisza River.

The medieval history of Bohemia and Moravia
(Site Excerpt) The Slavic presence in Czech lands. The first Slavic colonizers are archeologically attested in the 6th century. Their migration wave is characterized by a hand-made, plain pottery (the type Prague) with analogies in Ukraine (therefore, the early Slavic pottery of middle Europe and Ukraine is called the type Prague-Korcak). The early Slavic settlements are composed of quadratic earth-houses with stone hearths in the corner. The Slavic burial-rite is crematory.

Collection of Medieval Manuscripts in Lithuanian National Library Tatjana Timchenko
(Site Excerpt) There are three Manuscript departments in Lithuania. Manuscript Department of Lithuanian National Library (LNR) is the youngest one. The collection of medieval manuscripts in our Library is neither the biggest nor the oldest one in Lithuania, but the document held in it are important to the history of our country, Poland and Russia. The main part of the manuscripts consists of the historic acts and documents of Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Historic character of the collection could being explain by the circumstances of its forming.

Jagiellonian Manuscripts (Some Polish Manuscripts Photos)

Archives in Russia
(Site Excerpt) This is a brief extract from the ArcheoBiblioBase information system on archival repositories in the Russian Federation, maintained in Moscow under the direction of Patricia Kennedy Grimsted in collaboration with the Federal Archival Service of Russia(Rosarkhiv). The initial segment presented here, however, is only a small token of the public information needed. Further expansion of this coverage is planned in connection with the new comprehensive Russian website for archives and archival affairs throughout the Russian Federation: