Studi Slavistici XVIII (2021) 2
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Once Again on Boris Godunov’s Birthday. Heinrich von Logau’s Account

Anna Feliksovna Litvina
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow
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Fyodor Borisovich Uspenskij
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow
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Published February 2, 2022
Keywords
  • Muscovy,
  • Boris Godunov,
  • Emperor Rudolph ii’s Mission to Russia,
  • Diplomatic Report by Heinrich von Logau,
  • Georg Tectander,
  • Julian and Gregorian Calendars,
  • Royal Birthday,
  • Name Day,
  • Naming Conventions in Pre-Petrine Russia
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How to Cite
Litvina, A. F., & Uspenskij, F. B. (2022). Once Again on Boris Godunov’s Birthday. Heinrich von Logau’s Account. Studi Slavistici, 18(2), 235-259. https://doi.org/10.36253/Studi_Slavis-11556

Abstract

European diplomatic sources from the early 17th century provide us with previously unaccounted for data on Russian history. Thanks to a report by Georg Tectander, a member of Emperor Rudolph II’s mission to Russia, we can now establish the exact date of birth for Boris Godunov. An unpublished manuscript by Tectander’s contemporary and compatriot, Baron Heinrich von Logau, who visited the Tsardom of Russia at the same time, allows us to verify this date as well as to broaden our perspective on everyday life and ceremonial of the royal court, on the Tsar’s personal piety and on the status of the ancient tradition of celebrating birthdays and name days. Moreover, analyzing various calendars used by the diplomats of that era allows us to ascertain that one’s preference for the Gregorian or Julian calendar was not defined by national strategies only but remained a matter of personal choice that was subject to change during one’s life.

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