As you can see below, I've been slightly obsessed with the Russian Middle Ages since I started in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) in A.S. XXXII (1997), in the Shire of Shadowdale in the great Kingdom of Calontir. The information was originally put here for my reference, but I hope you find it helpful, rough and incomplete though it may be.
Unless otherwise noted, the articles and illustrations are my own creation, so please give credit where credit is due. All of them are also "works in progress" (although some haven't been worked on in a while). Please feel free to enlighten me.
General Persona and Culture Notes:
Russian History Timeline
Foreign Interaction with Rus
Medieval Russian Rulers
The Origin of the Romanov Dynasty
13th Century Princely Cities
Other Russian History Links
Names and Language
Ukrainian Names 4/13
Speaking with a Russian Accent
Spelling Period Russian in Period English
Medieval Russian Titles and Ranks - includes Alternate Titles Revision Proposal5/09
Russian Names Research 5/09
Medieval Slavic Names
from the Medieval Names Archive.
Fancy, Schmancy Russian Garb - class taught at Gulf Wars XVI
Sofya's Wardrobe - what she actually wears
Merchant of 15th Century Novgorod - my translation of a Russian website.
Fabrics and Furs
Color and Dyes
Garment Construction and Care
Decoration and Ornament
Collars, Cuffs, Voshvy, Borders
Belts, Purses, Gloves, Mittens
Layer 2 - short overgarments
Layer 3 - wide-sleeved long overgarments
Layer 4 - narrow-sleeved overgarments
Layer 5 - cloak-like garments
Hair and Headdresses
Examples from Stamerov
Examples from Kolchin
Women's Clothing Reconstruction from Kolchin
Layer 2 - light overgarments
Layer 3 - heavy overgarments
Layer 4 - cloaks and cloak-like garments
Examples from Stamerov 11/13
Examples from Kolchin 11/13
Hair and Accessories
Men's Clothing Reconstructions per Kolchin
Men's Shirts of 16th-17th Cent. - my translation.
Mordak's Garb Packet - from Master Mordak
Weapons and Armor
Russian Armor in the Time of Ivan the Terrible - by Master Mordak.
Silk Road Designs Armoury by Norman Finkelshteyn.
Medieval Russian Armor - by John Sloan. [Re-rediscovered 3/10/02.]
Byzantine Lamellar Armor: Conjectural Reconstruction by Peter Beatson.
Handout on Russian and Polish Food
The Russian Orthodox Church
The Iconography of the Russian Iconostasis
The Icon of the Virgin Orans Great Panagia
External Icon/Orthodox Links
Calligraphy, Illumination, & Scrolls
Praise & Justification for Awards
Honors, Grants, Gifts and Privileges
Miscellaneous Phrases and Texts
Sample A&S Scroll
Russian Music and Dance - not necessarily "period"
Russian Znamenny Chant - a very interesting site about Old Russian religious music.
Miscellaneous Articles about Material Culture
Medieval Russian Medicine
Gorodki - a plausibly period Russian game
Bibliography - Books I've found useful.
Books - that I've heard are good.
Other sites with accumulations of useful info
Slavic Archeology - more great information from Prof. Michael Fuller.
The Russian Knowledge Page - part of the Slavic Interest Group. (under re-construction)
Medieval and Early Modern Russia and Ukraine. at the University of Washington (Seattle)
Life in 13th Century Novgorod by Gregory William Frux
Birka Traders Viking,
Byzantine and Rus goods from Australia.
The Red Kaganate - a site dedicated
to the medieval Turco-Mongol world that strongly influenced Rus.
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