Посадское население Старой Руссы по материалам Писцовой книги 1497/98 г.: предварительные наблюдения
The article deals the aspects of social history of Staraya Russa inhabitants according to the pistsovaya kniga (cadastres) of 1497/98. Based on the analysis of this source, the number landowners in the times of Novgorod independence is calculated, and the origin of svoezemtsy (small landowners) is determined. Regarding the posad people (inhabitants of a trading quarter), the issues of their naming, mobility and occupation are considered. Besides, the structure of households is discussed. Further work will clarify the findings, as well it will give an opportunity to compare this data with the later descriptions of Staraya Russa in the 17th century.