The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a court rank in the Russian state from the late 15th through the 17th century. Spal’niki were subordinate to po-stel’nichie (seePOSTEL-NICHII). They attended the sovereign in his bedroom, dressed and undressed him, and accompanied him on journeys. Spal’niki were usually young men of noble birth.

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