Galician–Volhynian Chronicle

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Book of Galician–Volhynian Chronicle (in Cyrillic script)

The Galician–Volhynian Chronicle (Ukrainian: Галицько-Волинський літопис), called "Halicz-Wolyn Chronicle" in Polish historiography, is a prominent benchmark of the Old Ruthenian literature and historiography[1] covering 1201–1292[2] in the history of the Principality of Galicia-Volhynia (in modern Ukraine). The original chronicle did not survive; the oldest known copy is in the Hypatian Codex.[2] It was discovered in 1809 by the Russian historian and opinion writer Nikolay Karamzin as a final part of the 15th century Hypatian Codex.[1] He also found the second codex of the Galician–Volhynian Chronicle, the 16th century Khlebnikovsky Codex (which is considered the principle one).[1] All six codices of the Galician–Volhynian Chronicle known today to science, including the Hypatian Codex, start from the Khlebnikovsky Codex.[1]

The compiler of the Galician–Volhynian Chronicle explained Galicia's claim to the Principality of Kiev.[3] The first part of the chronicle (Daniel of Galicia chronicle) was written in Kholm and possibly by a boyar Dionisiy Pavlovich.[4]

The chronicle was published in English translation with index and annotations by George A. Perfecky.[5] Daniel Clarke Waugh published a review of this edition, which points out some flaws in translation.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d Kotlyar, M. Galician–Volhynian Chronicle (ГАЛИЦЬКО-ВОЛИНСЬКИЙ ЛІТОПИС). Encyclopedia of History of Ukraine. 2004
  2. ^ a b Magocsi, Paul R. (1983). Galicia: A Historical Survey and Bibliographic Guide. University of Toronto Press. p. 53. ISBN 0-8020-2482-3.
  3. ^ Potichnyj, Peter J.; Raeff, Marc; Pelenski, Jaroslaw; Zekulin, Gleb N. (1992). Ukraine and Russia in Their Historical Encounter. CIUS Press. p. 9. ISBN 0-920862-84-5.
  4. ^ Literature of the late Middle Ages. Izbornik.
  5. ^ Perfecky, George A. (1973). The Galician-Volynian Chronicle. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag. OCLC 902306.
  6. ^ Waugh, Daniel Clarke (Dec 1974). "Review". Slavic Review. 33 (4): 769–771. doi:10.2307/2494516. JSTOR 2494516. S2CID 163559666.