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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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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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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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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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How Old Are These Things Anyway?



To Be The Height of Fashion



Alexander Nevsky



Castles or not?



Women and Property



What Are Icons?



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