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Natalia A. Demicheva

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Natalia A. Demicheva — Рostgraduate, Lomonosov Moscow State University, GSP-1, Leninskie Gory, 119991 Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0572-4887. E-mail: natadem@bk.ru.


Philological sciences




Vol. 58


pp. 171-178


July 16, 2020

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December 28, 2020



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The paper examines the cycle of stories “The capture of Novgorod the Great” and “The Taking of Pskov” in manuscripts of the 16th–17th centuries. Since at least two manuscripts contain the stories “The taking of Novgorod the Great” and “The taking of Pskov” in the same sequence, thematically related, the creator of this cycle probably used the same chronicle source. The author analyzes texts taking into account the composition of the manuscripts and the context of chronicle texts of the 15th–16th centuries on the annexation of the North-Western lands to the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Attention is focused on the fact that the story “The taking of Pskov” simultaneously contains signs of both Pskov and Moscow points of view on the events of 1510. Consequently the author suggests a hypothesis: the creator of the cycle of stories “The taking of Novgorod the Great” and “The taking of Pskov” processed now lost source of the story “The taking of Pskov”, which reflected Pskov point of view on its annexation, the Grand prince`s attitude towards joining the North-Western lands of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, and according to his plan, connected with the creation of ideas about joining the North-Western lands as a single process of gathering lands.


he cyclization, the Novgorod campaigns of Ivan III, the Taking of Pskov, Old Russian manuscripts of the 16–17th centuries, Russian chronicles of the 15th–16th centuries.


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