I have 2 "russian story collections", one that's mostly very Aesop-esque short tales, but no dates:
and the other that has a more reliably dated collection of byliny, excerpts from chronicles, etc:
I would suggest that if you intend to write something original in the style of a byliny, go with the second one. The trick would be to make up an original tale... IIRC, in the latter parts of the Primary Chronicle, there is some information about a prince who instigated a battle, by telling lies & flipflopping his support. I can't think of who/when off hand; I'll grab it tomorrow & send the references to you. But that would be a historical event that you could possible write a byliny about, particularly with a nice moralistic theme...
There's always the option, also, of adapting one of the classic tales, such as Ivan Ivanovich and the Grey Wolf, etc.
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From: Kristina Jarvis <kristina.jarvis@...
Sent: Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:56 PM
Subject: [sig] Period Russian Bardic?
I am currently researching Period Russian Bardic works, and while I
have found a lot of information about the Byliny, I did find some
passing references to "fairy tales" in late period (1500's).
I need to write a bardic piece for Sergeantry Trials happening in my
principality, and if anyone has more information (or an idea of where
to look for more information) about a more free form way of writing
spoken tales, I would truly appreciate it.
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