Image of Boris Godunov in Russian Historical Tradition

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This article analyzes aspects of representation of Boris Godunov in Russian historiography since the early seventeenth century. We first document the influence of medieval historical thinking (for example, the opposition between the martyred prince Boris and Sviatopolk) and of hagiography (life of St. Dmitriy of Uglic). This influence can be seen on the level of historiographical concepts (for example, the interpretation of the image of the False Dmitry as the historical revenge for the murder of the tsarevitch Dmitriy), but also on the level of representation of historical facts (for example, the circumstances of Boris Godunov’s death). Finally, we examine how Karamzin’s History of Russian State and Puskin’s Boris Godunov treat previous depictions of Godunov.


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A. Ebbinghaus

Institute of Foreign Philology – Slavonic Studies, University of Wurzburg

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