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Ties of Kinship

Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus´

Christian Raffensperger
Barcode 9781932650136
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Release Date: 18/01/2016

Genre: History
Label: Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute,U.S.
Language: English
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Pages: 418

Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus´. Christian Raffensperger tracks the dynastic marriages of the Volodimeroviči, the ruling family of Rus´. Using a modern scholarly approach and broad range of primary sources, he delivers a fully realized picture of the Volodimeroviči from the tenth through twelfth centuries and the first comprehensive, scholarly treatment of the subject in English.

The warp and weft of political and social relationships among the medieval elite were formed by marriages made between royal families. Ties of Kinship establishes a new standard for tracking the dynastic marriages of the ruling family of Rus´—the descendants of Volodimer (Volodimeroviči). Utilizing a modern scholarly approach and a broad range of primary sources from inside and outside Rus´, Christian Raffensperger has created a fully realized picture of the Volodimeroviči from the tenth through the twelfth centuries and the first comprehensive, scholarly treatment of the subject in English.

Alongside more than twenty-two genealogical charts with accompanying bibliographic information, this work presents an analysis of the Volodimeroviči dynastic marriages with modern interpretations and historical contextualization that highlights the importance of Rus´ in a medieval European framework. This study will be used by Slavists, Byzantinists, and West European medievalists as the new baseline for research on the Volodimeroviči and their complex web of relationships with the world beyond.