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Princess Olga: A Tale of Revenge

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Princess Olga and the Byzantine Emperor

Princess Olga and the Byzantine Emperor

Legends and tales warn us that it could be very, VERY dangerous to aggravate a Russian woman, especially a Russian woman in power. Even the chronicles,

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From Here to There and Back

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that medieval Russia was quite a cosmopolitan place? It was on the trading routes from Scandinavia to Byzantium, from Central Asia to the Baltic sea. Thus Russia was connected with the Far East, the lands of the Mediterranean, Western Europe, Scandinavia.

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Names, Names, and More Names

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that surnames (family names) did not exist in Russia for most of the middle ages? The highest nobility (the Rurikid princes) began using them sometime in the XIV century, the boyars’ surnames became established between the XIV and the XVI century, the middle-class Russians did not use them at all until the XVI century,

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Are We There Yet?

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that in Russia, spring and fall were the worst times of year for travel, and that the best time was not summer, but winter?ivan_constantinovich_aivazovsky_-_winter_scene_in_little_russia

Most of the territory of Russia was (er,

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If You Are Still Hungry…

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what other foods were eaten in medieval Russia?

grigorii-soroka-rybakiFish was a major staple, both because of its abundance and because of the numerous fast days in the Eastern Orthodox calendar in which all animal products were proscribed,

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If You Are Hungry…

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what foods were eaten in medieval Russia?

It is simple enough to deduce what foods were not part of the diet, since some staples of modern Russian cuisine are New World foods: potatoes,

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Precious and Shiny Adornments

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that Russian women wore all sorts of fancy jewelry unlike anything you’ve ever seen? You expect to see a kokoshnik on a Russian woman,

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Money, money…

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that there was no coinage in use in Russia roughly from the XI through the XIII centuries? And before that, the coins in use were Middle-Eastern silver dirhams, whose value was that of their weight.
So what was used in Russia instead of coins?

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