The Nikonian Chronicle
by Serge A. Zenkovsky, translated by Serge A. Zenkovsky and Betty Jean Zenkovsky
About the Book:
The Nikonian Chronicle is a monumental work dealing with Russian history from its earliest beginnings in the ninth century through the year 1520. It is the last and most complete "official" Russian chronicle, compiled in the sixteenth century in the chancelleries of the metropolitans of Moscow and the rulers of Russia. The first manuscript copy of this chronicle to be discovered by historians belonged to Patriarch Nikon--hence the nickname "Nikonian."
The translation of The Nikonian Chronicle by Professor Zenkovsky and his wife, Betty J. Zenkovsky, was supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities. A considerable part of the related research was done in libraries and archives in Moscow and Leningrad, the Library of Congress, Harvard, and the New York Public Library. The English edition has a historical introduction and is richly supplied with commentaries and footnotes that considerably facilitate the reading of the medieval text.
About the Editor and Translators:
The late Serge A. Zenkovsky, Professor Emeritus of Slavic Civilization and Literatures, Vanderbilt University, received his Ph.D. in History at Charles University in Prague. He taught at Indiana University, Harvard University, Stetson University, the University of Colorado, the University of Wisconsin, and Heidelberg University (Germany). He is the author of numerous studies on Russian history.
Professor Zenkovsky's co-translator, Betty Jean Zenkovsky, studied Russian language and literature at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, and Harvard University. She has taught Slavistics at Stetson University, the University of Colorado, the University of Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt University.
The Nikonian Chronicle, Volume One: From the Beginning to the Year 1132
Origin of the Slavs and the Russian state. Conversion of the first Russian princes to Christianity (around 870). Sviatoslav's campaign. Chrsitianization of Russia by Vladimir (in 988). Iaroslav the Wise. Stories about the Kievan Cave Nonastery. Vladimir Monomakh and his writings.
Publication date: 1984
Size: 6 x 9 (15.2 x 22.9); lxxxi, 255 pages
ISBN 978-0-940670-00-6 $35.00 (Out of Stock Indefinitely)
The Nikonian Chronicle, Volume Two: From the Year 1132 to the Year 1240
Novgorod the Great. Struggle with the Polovtsy. Decline of Kiev. The rise of Suzdalia and Galicia. Vsevolod Great Nest. The Tatar-Mongol invasion.
Publication date: 1984
Size: 6 x 9 (15.2 x 22.9); xxxix, 323 pages
ISBN 978-0-940670-01-3 $35.00 (Out of Stock Indefinitely)
The Nikonian Chronicle, Volume Three: From the Year 1241 to the Year 1381
Russia under the Tatar-Mongols, 1240-1380. Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes, 1241. The rise of Moscow. Rivalry between Moscow and Tver'. Defeat of the Tatar-Mongols at Kulikovo, 1380.
Publication date: 1986
Size: 6 x 9 (15.2 x 22.9); xxxiii, 305 pages
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The Nikonian Chronicle, Volume Four: From the Year 1382 to the Year 1424
Invasions by Tokhtamysh and Tamerlane. Vasilii I and consolidation of the Principality of Moscow. Further Lithuanian expansion under Vitovt. The life of St. Sergius of Radonezh and the monastic movement.
Publication date: 1988
Size: 6 x 9 (15.2 x 22.9); xxxii, 256 pages
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The Nikonian Chronicle, Volume Five: From the Year 1425 to the Year 1520
Vasilii II and the struggle within the Muscovite dynasty. The blinding of Vasilii II. The Council of Florence. Unification of eastern Russia by Ivan III. End of the Tatar-Mngol Yoke, 1480. Disintegration of the Golden Horde. Vasilii III and wars against Lithuania.
Publication date: 1989
Size: 6 x 9 (15.2 x 22.9); xxxix, 352 pages
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The Nikonian Chronicle, Volume Six: Index to the First Five Volumes (including historical maps and bibliographical references)
ISBN 978-0-87850-156-4 $35.00 (Not yet released.)
The Nikonian Chronicle, Series (Volumes 1 through 6)
ISBN 978-0-87850-150-2 $175.00 (Not yet released.)