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C. P. Lesley

Bookworm, writer, radio host—I blog about history, fiction, and publishing in the Internet Age. You can find the full blog on my website. This space is for books.

Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Russia - Nancy Shields Kollmann

Wonderful book that examines the Muscovite judicial system and laws as these developed from the 14th century through the reign of Peter the Great, based on actual court records.

 

Unfortunately for my purposes, surviving court records are almost exclusively from the 17th and 18th centuries, so information on the 1530s and before is relatively scant. There is nothing that Kollmann or any one else can do about this. Nevertheless, this is an informative and judicious study that revises many preconceptions about Russia's place in early modern European justice.