Retinue’s Equipment and Household Items (“Everyday Culture”) in Old Russian Vshchizh Cover Image
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Дружинное снаряжение и предметы быта («культуры повседневности») древнерусского Вщижа
Retinue’s Equipment and Household Items (“Everyday Culture”) in Old Russian Vshchizh

Author(s): Evgenii A. Shinakov, Vladimir V. Minenko
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural history, Military history, Middle Ages, Culture and social structure , 6th to 12th Centuries, 15th Century
Published by: Издательский дом Stratum, Университет «Высшая антропологическая школа»
Keywords: Chernihiv-Smolensk borderlands; Vshchizh; equipment of the military elite; “retinue culture of everyday life”; spurs;

Summary/Abstract: The everyday culture and the items of military equipment of the retinue (druzhina) should be separated from the other two types of everyday culture of the social elite. On the other hand, not all items of military life are associated only with the military elite, which the Russian druzhina belonged to. The article deals with four categories of artifacts: spurs, “status” plaques of military belts or horse harness, sharp-pointed weapons with a ring, children’s military toys. Vshchizh, which the article is devoted to, is a kind of “preservative” of the ancient Russian culture including the culture of druzhina, because of its destruction in 1238, as well as its location on the border of Chernihiv-Seversk and Smolensk lands, or Southern and Northern Russia in general, which affected its cross-cultural and military links.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 93-112
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Russian