MAIASK. 2015. No. 7
Ya.G. Solodkin (
The so-called Moscovite Chronicle of the second quarter of the 17th century
on the varieties of the Russian-Crimean military confrontation
and diplomatic contacts in the 1570-90s
A compilation, presumably created in Mikhail Fyodorovich’s late reign and mistaken by its publishers for the Moscovite Chronicle, reflects a number of key developments in the Russian-Crimean relations in the final quarter of the 16th century, such as the Molodinskaya battle, pictured in a lengthy witness-based tale, khan Gazi Giray II assault of Moscow in 1591, and the conclusion of a bilateral agreement in the very early days of Boris Fyodorovich’s reign.
The objective of this paper is to establish the sources and the reliability of the evidence in the work under consideration, which is achieved by means of comparing the so-called Moscovite Chronicle to other narrative works, alongside other official records pertaining to 1572 and 1591 skirmishes near Moscow as well as the 1598 Russian-Crimean talks in Serpukhov.
One of suchlike sources, contributing to tracing the
details of the Molodinskaya battle, is most likely to have originated in the
Department of Appointments and Ranks (Russian Razryadnyi Prikaz). The tale of Russian troops defeating Gazi Giray II detachments near
Key words: The so-called Moscovite Chronicle and its sources, Russia, the Crimean Khanate, the Molodinskaya battle, Gazi Giray II assault of Moscow, the 1598 Russian-Crimean talks in Serpukhov.
Received September 11, 2015
About the author:
Solodkin Yakov Grigoryevich (