Scholars determine Tsar Boris Godunov’s exact date of birth
The Russian Noble, Adam Olearius. Credit Rating: Wikimedia Commons

HSE College scientists Feodor Uspenskij and also Anna Litvina examined the notes of Georg Tectander, a mediator of the Divine Roman Realm, as accumulated in guide The Traveling to Persia with Muscovy: 1602–1603, and also found the precise day of birth of Tsar Boris Godunov: August 2 (Julian schedule) or August 12 (Gregorian schedule). The scholars after that validated and also verified this day with various other 17th-century resources—specifically, with the notes of Baron Heinrich von Logau, the Realm’s ambassador in Moscow. The outcomes of the research exist in a paper released in the Studi Slavistici journal (Florence, Italy), and also in a follow-up paper to be released by the very same journal at the end of the year.

The questionable leader Boris Godunov (1552–1605) has involuntarily end up being an undesirable personality in Russian background. His bio has lots of uncertainties and also spaces. Some have actually associated non-existing names to him, others have actually criticized him for the fatality of mostly all the last Rurikids—not just Tsarevich Dmitry, yet additionally Ivan the Dreadful and also Feodor I Ioannovich. Chroniclers disregarded to the tsar’s day of birth, with only quotes of the day provided: as an example, that he was birthed soon prior to the 1552 Kazan project, which took place over summertime and also fall.

Nevertheless questionable a leader he was, it makes good sense to recover his historic ‘legal rights’—beginning by establishing his precise day of birth. Feodor Uspenskij and also Anna Litvina handled to do so by means of extensive evaluation of one resource: Georg Tectander’s notes.

Georg Tectander von der Jabel (regarding 1570–1614) created: ‘Additionally on August 2, when the Great Royal Prince [Boris Godunov] was commemorating his birthday celebration, they sent us, as formerly, 200 individuals from the royal residence, each of whom was bring a recipe with various sorts of fish, considering that it was a fasting day for Muscovites’.

The Austrian mediator’s job is rarely unidentified: it was released 3 times while the writer was still active, and also has actually been republished considering that. In 1896, it was equated right into Russian and also released as a publication: The Traveling to Persia with Muscovy: 1602–1603 by Georg Tectander and also Stephan Kakash. Nevertheless, chroniclers have actually constantly appeared to neglect Tectander’s comment. Neither the chroniclers Gerhard Friedrich Müller, Nikolay Karamzin, Sergey Solovyov and also Vasily Klyuchevsky, neither Godunov’s biographers Sergey Platonov and also Ruslan Skrynnikov, took this beneficial proof right into account.

International professionals, from hirelings in the Russian military to sellers and also tourists that can be taken into consideration ‘part-time’ mediators, have actually left some very useful proof. The accounts of English mediators Giles Fletcher and also Jerome Horsey, the French policeman Jacques Margeret at Godunov’s court, ambassador of the Divine German Realm Sigismund von Herberstein, Dutch mediator Isaac Massa, Ivan the Dreadful’s German oprichnik Heinrich von Staden, German scholar Adam Olearius, and also the Italian Antonio Possevino (a papal legate in Eastern Europe), disclose a great deal regarding Muscovy in the 16th–17th centuries.

Reserving the unavoidable prejudice and also selection of analysis in immigrants’ proof on Russian background, it can still be important in cross-checking essential information. For instance, European narrates have actually continuously clarified occasions discussed in their Russian equivalents.

The notes by Tectander, assistant of Emperor Rudolph II’s consular office to Shah Abbas I of Persia, are an instance of a credible resource. The mediator went to Godunov’s court two times: on his method to Persia and also en route back (1602–1604). The very first time, Tectander involved Moscow with the head of the consular office, Transylvanian aristocrat Stephan Kakash, and after that returned without him—the head of the goal passed away on his method to Persia. After shedding all his travel companions and also withstanding difficulties, Tectander finished his Persian goal (as advised by the late Kakash) and also mosted likely to Moscow, where he commemorated Boris Godunov’s birthday celebration.

Notably, Georg Tectander was incredibly exact in regards to days. Throughout his goal, he completely videotaped every day. He was additionally extremely fretted when he located himself ‘out of time’ in Persia: ‘They [Muslims] have no clocks or anything comparable, so I shed matter of days. For half a year prior to returning to Muscovy, I was living daily without the chance to differentiate eventually from one more’.

He created that he handled to begin counting the days once more in Moscow. Then, he was videotaping the days not according to the ‘brand-new design’—the Gregorian schedule—as formerly, yet by the ‘old design’—the Julian schedule, which was utilized in Russia throughout that time.

At first, both Tectander and also Kakash made documents regarding the goal individually of each various other. Tectander, as a Protestant and also grand son of among Martin Luther’s trainees, created in German. Kakash, a Catholic, created in Latin. Tectander released his journals when he returned residence, while Kakash created ‘when traveling’ throughout the journey and also approximately his fatality.

Such ‘dual recording’ has actually provided chroniclers a unique chance to cross-check the consular office assistant’s proof with that said of his exceptional, that was videotaping the very same occasions. ‘Tectander passed this assessment faultlessly: all the days in his notes—consisting of those throughout his very first browse through to Moscow, when the head of the consular office was still active—totally straighten with days given by Kakash, although not in a straightforward method,’ discuss Feodor Uspenskij and also Anna Litvina.

The concern is the distinction in schedules. Also 20 years after the intro of the Gregorian schedule, Europe was still enduring of sync. Some had actually changed to the brand-new schedule, while others adhered to the old design. At the time, the distinction in days was 10 days. Catholic nations had actually primarily changed to the brand-new design, while a lot of Protestant monarchies did decline it. In the consistently varied Divine Roman Realm, the circumstance was especially uncertain: individuals in bordering lands were usually making use of various schedules. Strangely enough, Kakash, a Catholic, all of a sudden dated his letters in the old design, while Tectander, his Protestant aide, dated his letters in the brand-new design (as prevailed in his homeland, Bohemia) while the ambassador lived.

Instance: according to Kakash’s dating, their very first target market with Boris Godunov occurred on November 17, 1602, while in Tectander’s dating, it took place on November 27. The previous created that they left Moscow on November 27, while the last dated their separation to December 7.

If the consular office head had actually endured and also joined his assistant on the return journey to Moscow in 1604, both of them would certainly have joined the imperial party and also most likely would have designated their twin dating system to it. However fact ended up or else. Tectander returned alone and also, as a result of factors unidentified, began dating his documents in Moscow making use of the Julian schedule.

It is feasible that having actually thought Kakash’s duties, Tectander additionally embraced his design. Or maybe, after the ‘fell short’ schedule in Muslim nations, it was simpler for him to comply with the design utilized in Russia. The old schedule was additionally typical in Saxony, where Tectander remained on his back from the goal. He obtained a setting there and also released his works.

Exactly How Was It Examined?

To show that August 2 is Boris Godunov’s day of birth under the old schedule (August 12 under the brand-new one) which this day is proper, the scientists carried out an interior repair of the occasions and also assessed exterior resources of details. The vital minute was the arrival of the Emperor’s consular office headed by Heinrich von Logau, a Knight of Malta, in Moscow. Tectander, similar to his fellow compatriots, was eagerly anticipating satisfying him. He created that Baron von Logau showed up on July 15. However was this by the old schedule or the brand-new?

According to polite communication, the Russians just sent out a delegation to fulfill the Emperor’s ambassador in Torzhok on July 5 (July 15 in the brand-new schedule) in advance of his arrival in Moscow. This suggests that Logau can not have actually gotten in Moscow on that particular day. On July 6, they were making clear the information of his providing along the road, and also on July 7 (17) he showed up in Tver. Afterwards, the Tsar got the ambassador to relocate slower (which the Russian companion abided by) and also remain in each area en route. Prior to getting here in Moscow, the consular office was sent out valuable clothing and also steeds from the Tsar. ‘Certainly, at such a rate, Heinrich von Logau went into Moscow on July 15 under the old design, as Tectander videotaped,’ the scientists wrapped up.

What regarding verifying the day of August 2 by opposition? Allow’s claim Tectander misconstrued the Russian vacations and also baffled Godunov’s birthday celebration with his name day. July 24 is the day of Saints Boris and also Gleb, which is, as necessary, Boris Godunov’s name day and also is close to the day of passion.

Allow’s think that Tectander’s August 2 is a new-style day. However in this situation, the Tsar’s birthday celebration would certainly drop out July 24, yet on July 23. One can think that Tectander, in contrast to his common precision, was misinterpreted by eventually, which the ambassadors were dealt with to recipes from the Tsar on July 24. However after that, it is vague why the 200 fish recipes and also a fasting day show up. ‘July 24, 1604 was a Tuesday—a non-fasting day of the week—and also there is nothing else significant rapid on now, so there was no factor to consume just fish on the Tsar’s name day,’ the writers of the research discuss.

Lastly, the theory that Tectander utilized the new-style dating stops working also if he had not been misinterpreted with the day. August 2 in the brand-new design was July 23 in the old design, and also it would certainly be fairly sensible in the Russian custom for a child born upon July 23—the eve of Saint Boris and also Gleb’s day—to be called Boris. However the issue is that in 1604, July 23 was a Monday, and also the Tsar had no factor to send out fish recipes to the ambassadors.

August 2 in the old schedule became part of the Dormition quickly (commemorating the Dormition of the Mom of God). ‘The Tsar’s birthday celebration, naturally, can not bypass the rapid, and also the Germans were sent out various fasting recipes. This reveals that Tectander did not slip up and also comprehended every little thing properly,’ the scientists claimed. ‘Every little thing in his account makes good sense: the Tsar’s birthday celebration instead of his name day, the rapid, and also the certain day’.

There is additionally more exterior proof that confirms Tectander’s information is proper, thanks to the previously mentioned Logau. Tectander’s quote regarding the vacation includes words ‘as formerly’ (wiederumb, which can be equated as ‘once more’, ‘as prior to’, etc). He points out the charitable dishes sent out to the international visitors ‘once more’. However what was the celebration of the previous banquet?

Heinrich von Logau’s record clears up the concern. Unlike Tectander’s notes, which have actually been released continuously, Logau’s manuscript stayed concealed in the Vienna Archive. However both historians were exact in regards to days. Nevertheless, once more, Logau utilized the Gregorian schedule and also Tectander utilized the Julian. While Tectander claimed that Logau went into Moscow on July 15, the last discussed the day as July 25.

Baron von Logau created that on the 3rd day of August (July 24 in the old design), the consular office obtained numerous food recipes and also beverages: ‘On the 3rd [day] of the very same [month], the Great Royal prince commemorated his birthday celebration—Borisium—fairly wonderfully, and also sent out to my homes, with among his honorable boyars, over 200 dishes on gold recipes and also practically the very same variety of vessels with beverages from his table’.

Most likely, words Borisium suggests ‘Boris’s day’—the tsar’s name day, not his birthday celebration. The ambassador, like numerous various other immigrants, merged both events in Muscovy. This is fairly reasonable, as in the Russian custom, name days were normally near birthday celebrations.

What Was the End result?

The last job was to accumulate the information entirely. Logau’s notes assisted to clarify what Tectander indicated when he created ‘as formerly’: he indicated the name day, which came before the birthday celebration, yet was commemorated much more extravagantly as a result of the situations. The name day, unlike the birthday celebration, did not drop on a fasting day. That’s why on Borisium, the visitors were dealt with to a selection of food, while just fish was offered on the Tsar’s birthday celebration.

In this context, Tectander’s remark that the food selection was a not eating one is especially informing. It not just recommendations the Dormition quickly and also assists validate Tsar Boris’s day of birth, yet it claims a great deal regarding the writer as well. Tectander, a Protestant that did not rapid yet invested a great deal of time amongst Catholics, saw the requirement to quickly as something uncommon and also certain to Russians. The Catholic globe was not aware of the suggestion of such a lengthy Dormition quickly.

Today, we can be certain that Tsar Boris Godunov’s day of birth was August 2 (12), 1552. This adheres to Russian calling techniques of the moment. ‘When picking a solitary First name—and also Boris Godunov was mononymic—they selected the name of a saint commemorated shortly prior to or otherwise long after the birthday celebration,’ the scientists commented. ‘With a name day 9 days prior to the birth, and also with the name of a precious saint, Boris was the ideal suit for a child born upon August 2 (12).’


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Even more details:
Fyodor Borisovich Uspenskij et alia, The Birthday celebration of Boris Godunov, Studi Slavistici (2021).DOI: 10.36253/Studi_Slavis-10605

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