Women in Medieval Russia Bibliography

Query From Shirley Leckie sleckie@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu 15 Sept 1998

A student of mine is looking for works or sources that deal with women in Medieval Russia (9th through 12th centuries, and most especially in the pre-Christian period before 988.)

He wonders if there are any works that describe their rights in area such as owning property, choosing husbands, or gaining a divorce. He also wonders if women had particular occupations outside the home. He notes that in Scandinavian culture, there were female warriors, know as "shield maidens," who fought in the Battle of Bravalla in 780.

I told him that I would put out an inquiry on the H-Net for Women's History. If any of you have any information on women in Russia in this time or know of any sources he can go to, please post a reply to this list and I will forward it to him. He is an older student and is not yet using the internet. He has gone to the library but finds very little on this subject. I am certain he will appreciate any assistance whatsoever.


Atkinson, D. "Society and the Sexes in the Russian Past," in D. Atkinson, A. Dallin, G.Lapidus, Eds._Women in Russia_

Eve Levin, Sex and Society in the World of the Orthodox Slavs, 900-1700 [Cornell,1987 or 1989].

Nataliia Pushkareva, translated by Eve Levin, Women in Russian History from the 10th to the 20th Century.

Nancy Shields Kollmann, Kinship & Politics, the Making of the Muscovite Political System 1345-1547 [1987].

Valerie Kivelson, "The Effects of Partible Inheritance: Gentry Families and the State in Muscovy," Russian Review, April 1994.

Isole Thyret, "'Blessed Is the Tsaritsa's Womb': The Myth of Miraculous Birth and Royal Motherhood in Muscovite Russia," Russian Review, October 1994.

Ann Kleimola, "'In Accordance with the Canons of the Holy Apostles': Muscovite Dowries and women's Property Rights, Russian Review, April 1992.

Horace Dewey and Ann Kleimola, "Suretyship and Collective Responsibility in Pre-Petrine Russia," Jahrbucher fur Geschichte Osteuropas, 18 (1970), 337-354.

Dan Kaiser,The Growth of the Law in Medieval Russia [1980].

Nancy Shields Kollmann, "The Seclusion of Muscovite Women," Russian History, 10, No. 2, 1983, 170-187.

Eve Levin, "Infanticide in Pre-Petrine Russia," Jahrbucher fur Geschichte Osteuropas,34, No. 2, 1986, 215-224.

Eve Levin, The Role and Status of Women in Medieval Novgorod, unpublished ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, 1983.

L. R. Lewitter, "Women, Sainthood and Marriage in Muscovy, " Journal of Russian Studies, 37 (1979), 3-11.

Pushkareva has published extensively on property rights in russian only.