Category Archives: Medieval Russia

Travel tales and unreliable informants

While I was moving some stuff around my office, I rediscovered my copy of Kazan’s Mother of God icon.  I haven’t really thought about it since I wrote my first book, but I had recently come across some interesting pieces … Continue reading

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Pussy Riot as Modern Day Skomorokhi

This is a guest post by Sean Guillory that originally appeared on Sean’s Russia Blog. The trial and conviction of Pussy Riot has sparked a number of historical analogies. Never wanting for hyperbole, the Washington Post, among others in the … Continue reading

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Policing Sexuality in Medieval Russia

The Center for Medieval Studies has a very visible presence at Fordham University where I teach. In the history department alone, medievalist faculty and graduate students maintain a healthy and vibrant intellectual life. Although I am a historian of modern … Continue reading

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