The 'Domostroi'

The "Domostroi"

Rules for Russian Households in the Time of Ivan the Terrible
Edited and translated by Carolyn Johnston Pouncy
  • Winner of the 1994 Heldt Prize (Association of Women in Slavic Studies)

A manual on household management, the Domostroi is one of the few sources on the social history and secular life of Russia in the time of Ivan the Terrible. It depicts a society that prized religious orthodoxy, reliance on tradition, and absolute subordination of the individual to the family and the state. Specific instructions tell how to arrange hay, visit monasteries, distill vodka, treat servants, entertain clergy, cut out robes, and carry out many other daily activities. Carolyn Johnston Pouncy here offers, with an informative introduction, the first complete English translation.

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Social Science : Gender and Sexuality Studies
History : History / Russia and the Former USSR
Interdisciplinary Studies : Slavic and Eurasian Studies

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