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Between God and Tsar
Religious Symbolism and the Royal Women of Muscovite Russia
Heldt Prize Winner, 2002
"An important study that opens up the whole area of women at the Russian court before Peter's time."
"Finely nuanced."—American Historical Review
"Highly recommended.... The book breaks new ground."—Canadian Slavonic Papers
Challenging traditional interpretations of the roles of royal women in patriarchal Muscovite society, Between God and Tsar opens a new approach to understanding medieval Russia. Drawing upon a wide range of sources in anthropology, sociology, art history, and literature, it sheds light on the lives of the tsaritsy, about which little has been known, and on the culture surrounding them. This pioneering study demonstrates that the wives of the early tsars played complex roles in government, especially during times of crisis, and shows how religious culture perpetuated the expressions of their legitimacy as female rulers.
(2001) 289 pp., illus.
Isolde Thyręt, Associate Professor of History at Kent State University, is the author of a variety of articles on medieval Russian women and popular religion.
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