This book intertwines two themes in medieval studies hitherto kept apart: comparisons of Latin and Orthodox Europe and the "feudal revolution" of the late- and post-Carolingian periods. The book broadens the debate by comparing texts written in "learned" and "vulgar" Latin, Church Slavonic, Anglo-Norman, and East Slavonic. From this comparison, the Kingdom of the Rus appears as a regional variation of European society. This suggests current interpretations overemphasize factors unique to the medieval West and overlook deeper pan-European processes.
About the Author
Yulia Mikhailova holds a PhD in Medieval History from the University of New Mexico.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Rus and Latin Europe: Words, Concepts, and Phenomena 2. Medieval Texts and Professional Belief Systems: Latin, Church Slavonic, and Vernacular Political Narratives 3. Elite Domination in Rus and Latin Europe: Princely Power and Banal Lordship 4. Interprincely Agreement and a Question of Feudo-Vassalic Relations 5. Conclusions Bibliography