Agafonov, I. S. THE SOLOVETSKY CHRONICLE OF THE END OF THE 16TH CENTURY: HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE ISSUE. Proceedings of Petrozavodsk State University. 2023;45(2):46–54. DOI: 10.15393/

Historiography, source studies, methods of historical research


I. S.
Russian State University for the Humanities
source study
16th century
local annals
Solovetsky Monastery
Solovetsky Chronicle
Summary: Chronicle-writing traditions of Russia in the 16th century were actively studied in Russian science on the material of large Moscow monuments. Such works as the Chronograph of the edition of 1512, the Nikon Chroni- cle and the Book of Powers became the object of attention of scientists due to the breadth of coverage of all-Russian events. At the same time, local monuments remained on the periphery of the research interests of specialists. To date, Russian historiography has accumulated extensive material related to the publication, attribution and analysis of various works created outside of Moscow. Some problems are considered in the source studies of Russian scientists, however, the focus of attention of historians is shifted to textological issues, as well as clarification of individual macroplots of Russian history based on local and all-Russian provincial monuments. Nevertheless, a comprehensive study of the local chronicle of the late Middle Ages and early modern times has not been carried out. For further advancement in the issue of the formation and development of the book tradition in Russia in the 16th century, it seems necessary to structure the material accumulated by historical science, on the basis of which it is possible to build a study on the general and char- acteristic features of local chronicle writing. The Solovetsky chronicler of the end of the 16th century is an example of an unofficial chronicle written in the Russian North. The historiographic experience of studying this work, accumulated by historical science, is of interest for summarizing and identifying problematic issues. The novelty of the work lies in the preparation of the monument for consideration as an independent element of the historiographic tradition of Russia in the 16th century, involving the appeal to chronicle works as monuments of the historical thought of the region and era. As a result of the study, the results of the historiographic study of the Solovetsky annals in domestic science are indicated - the sources of the work, the ratio of editions, the time of creation and the authorship of the monument. Atten- tion is focused on issues that require separate consideration in the framework of the appeal to the Solovetsky chronicler of the 16th century, as a work of local literacy of his time: the purpose and practical application of the monument in the monastic tradition, the specifics of the work of local chroniclers, the principle of sampling events and the author’s thematic priorities.

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