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Book chapter

Birchbark Literacy and the Rise of Written Communication in Early Rus’

P. 225-251.

The paper discusses the origin of pragmatic writing in Early Rus’ and its relationship to the Church Slavonic tradition. The emergence of birchbark literacy in Novgorod at about 1030 is treated as a by-product of the spread of church education under the reign of Jaroslav the Wise. The intermingling of lay and ecclesiastic affairs in the life of Lyudin konec of Novgorod is shown to have produded the breeding ground for the proliferation of birchbark writing in this part of the city.

In book

Birchbark Literacy and the Rise of Written Communication in Early Rus’
Edited by: C. Zilmer, J. Jesch. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2012.