Re: [orthodox-synod] Odd Historical Question
- View SourceProstrations were not uncommon before Muscovite royalty for indigenous
subjects of the ruler, even the boyar elite, but not especially so for
foreign diplomats, who typically observed their own conventions about
royal audiences (and whose conventions were tolerated, most times, by
If you have in mind the blessing by the hand (kissing the hand of a
priest), then I am not aware of this as custom in the sixteenth and
It may not be on point, but I can add that even the most exalted
servitors of the tsars called themselves "slaves" of the ruler (they
said so and called themselves this in their written petitions). We have
to be careful, though, not to take that literally.
Usuage of names is interesting too. Middling level servitors (and
everyone below) were addressed by the diminutive forms of their names,
even in formal documents (Ivanshko instead of Ivan, or Mitya instead of
Dimitrii). Servitors with a bit more rank earned the rights to the
usage of the word "son of" (NOT a patronymic): so you can have Ivan
Borisov syn Lodygin (that is, Ivan, the son of Boris Lodygin). Only the
highest ranks had the right to a patronymic like the tsar had: Ivan
LOTS of things (more than most historians are willing to admit, really)
derive from Church custom and practice, to be sure. The cut of regalia,
e.g. But not, as far as I'm aware, greeting rituals.
Russell (Roman) Martin
Russell E. Martin
Assoc. Professor of History
New Wilmington, PA 16172-0001
other email: remartin@...
>>> jmg@... 01/27/04 5:59 PM >>>Would anyone know the way royalty were greeted in Medieval Russia? I
my own deductions based on Church practice as Church practice was
based on ecclesiastical practice, but if someone actually knows...