Radziwill Chronicle

Radziwiłł Chronicle


(also, Königsberg Chronicle), an ancient Russian chronicle compilation similar to the Lauren-tian Chronicle. The Radziwiłł Chronicle, one of the Vladimir-Suzdal’ chronicles, covers events from the period of the Slavic migrations to 1206. The extant copy dates from the late 15th century and appears to be a copy of a 13th-century manuscript. Originally owned by the Lithuanian prince B. Radziwiłł, the chronicle was acquired by the Königsberg Library. In the mid-18th century it passed to the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. The chronicle is notable for its large number of polychrome miniatures (617), which are a valuable source for the study of the material culture, political symbolism, and art of ancient Rus’.


Radzivillovskaia ili Kenigsbergskaia letopis’. St. Petersburg, 1902.
Podobedova, O. P. Miniatiury russkikh istoricheskikh rukopisei: K islorii russkogo litsevogo letopisaniia. Moscow, 1965. [21—983—4]