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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 51

Title Skazanie o Mamaevom Poboishche (the Tale of the Rout of Mamai)
Origin Russia
Date 17th century
Language Russian Church Slavonic
Script Russian bookhand
Artists For a comparable manuscript see the facsimile with the commentary of Tat'iana Vladimirovna Dianova, The Tale of the Rout of Mamai: Illuminated Manuscript of the 17th Century from the History Museum Collection (Moscow, 1980).
Decoration 64 tinted drawings, in colours (ff. 2r, 2v, 4, 5, 6, 6v, 7v, 8v, 9, 10, 10v, 11v, 12, 13, 14, 14v, 15v, 16, 17, 17v, 18, 19, 19v, 20, 21, 21v, 22, 23, 23v, 24v, 25, 25v, 26v, 27, 27v, 28, 29, 29v, 30, 30v, 31v, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 36v, 37v, 38v, 39, 39v, 40v, 41, 42, 42v, 43, 44, 44v, 45v, 46, 46v, 47, 47v, 48). Display script.
Drawings coloured in after repairs were carried out in 18th century? (Cleminson 1988).
Dimensions in mm 292 x 185 (220 x 140)
Official foliation ff. 48 (+ 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Original wooden upper board; lower board and leather spine more recent.
Provenance This manuscript is incomplete; another part of it is Dublin, Chester Beatty Library, MS W 151 which contains a copy of the Life of Alexander Nevskij (see Cleminson 1988 no. 26; it is not known how Chester Beatty acquired it). The texts are complementary, both dealing with Russian military heroes.
? Thomas Phillips, 18th century: Cyrillic inscription 'Philip' (f. 19, on the miniature).
Removed from Galicia by the Italian army during the First World War.
Davis and Orioli, booksellers: acquired in Florence.
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed 'ae.e.e [i.e. £40.0.0] / [bought from] Davis and Orioli / Nov: 28 / 1922' (inside upper cover), and pencil note of Yates Thompson's Portman Square address and price of £60 (1st flyleaf [f. ii]).
Bequeathed to the British Museum in 1941 by Mrs Henry Yates Thompson.
Notes The Skazanie is a romance, composed in the 15th century, relating the struggle of the Muscovian Grand Prince, Dmitri Donskoj, against his Tartar opponent, Mamai. The central focus is the battle of Kulikovo (1380) at which Mamai was routed. The victory is presented in the context of a crusade and is couched in terms reminiscent of the contest between Gideon and the Midianites (Judges 7).
Select bibliography Elizabeth Hill, A British Museum Illuminated Manuscript of an Early Russian Literary Work: An Encomium to the Grand Prince Dimitri Ivanovich and to his Brother Prince Vladimir Andreyevich, the Tale of the Battle of the Don in the Year 6889, IV International Congress of Slavists, Moscow 1958 (Cambridge: University Press, 1958).

L. A. Dmitriev, 'Londonskij licevoj spisok Skanzanija o Mamaevom poboišce', TODRL 28 (1974), 155-79.

Ralph Cleminson, A Union Catalogue of Cyrillic Manuscripts in British and Irish Collections, The Anne Pennington Catalogue (London: University of London, 1988), no. 118 pp. 176-78.


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Oleg of Riazan

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Oleg of Riazan
Olgerd of Lithuania

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Olgerd of Lithuania
Tsar Mamai

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Tsar Mamai
 
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
 
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
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Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
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Grand Duke Dmitri
 
Sergius

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Sergius
Sergius

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Sergius
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
 
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Cyprian

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Cyprian
 
Eudoxia and her ladies

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Eudoxia and her ladies
Grand Duke Dmitri and Eudoxia

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Grand Duke Dmitri and Eudoxia
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
 
Eudoxia and her daughter-in-law

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Eudoxia and her daughter-in-law
Vladimir Andrcevic

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Vladimir Andrcevic
Bishop of Kolomna and Grand Duke Dmitri

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Bishop of Kolomna and Grand Duke Dmitri
 
Bishop of Kolomna

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Bishop of Kolomna
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
 
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Olgerd

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Olgerd
Prince Andrej of Pelotzk

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Prince Andrej of Pelotzk
 
Prince Dimitri of Briansk

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Prince Dimitri of Briansk
Prince Andrej and Prince Dimitri

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Prince Andrej and Prince Dimitri
Cyprian

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Cyprian
 
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Wolves

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Wolves
 
Ravens and eagles

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Ravens and eagles
Melik and his company

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Melik and his company
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
 
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
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Grand Duke Dmitri
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Grand Duke Dmitri
 
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri


f. 33
 
Fema the Brigand

f. 34
Fema the Brigand
Armies

f. 35
Armies
Sergius of Radonzeh

f. 36
Sergius of Radonzeh
 
Grand Duke Dmitri

f. 36v
Grand Duke Dmitri
Mikula Vasilievic

f. 37v
Mikula Vasilievic
Battle

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Battle
 
Grand Duke Dmitri

f. 39
Grand Duke Dmitri
Battle

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Battle
Vision

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Vision
 
Vision

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Vision
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
 
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Prince Vladimir's regiment

f. 44
Prince Vladimir's regiment
Prince Vladimir's regiment

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Prince Vladimir's regiment
 
Battle

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Battle
Grand Duke Dmitri

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Grand Duke Dmitri
Tsar Mamai

f. 46v
Tsar Mamai
 
Grand Duke Dmitri

f. 47
Grand Duke Dmitri
Grand Duchess

f. 47v
Grand Duchess
Grand Duke Dmitri

f. 48
Grand Duke Dmitri
 

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