THE RUTHENIAN (VOLHYNIAN) METRICA:
The official copies of outgoing Polish Crown chancery documents addressed to Ukrainian lands (Palatinates of Volhynia, Kyiv, Bratslav, Chernihiv) recorded in Ruthenian or Polish in the twenty-nine extant books of the so-called Ruthenian (or Volhynian) Metrica (i.e., the Ruthenian Series of the Polish Crown Metrica) provide unique sources for the history of the Ukrainian lands during the years 1569 to 1673.
A register of the over 3,500 documents in this Ruthenian series is here presented in three parallel versions published for the first time. The original titles of the documents themselves are transcribed from the Metrica books, all but one of which are now held in the Russian State Archive of Early Acts in Moscow (RGADA). These are in each case with the complete entries found in two original manuscript document-by-document registers prepared in Polish in the Crown chancery - one compiled by Stefan Kazimierz Hankiewicz (1673) and the other by Jan Franciszek Cywinski (ca. 1765-1775).
A scholarly introduction discusses the Crown chancery recordkeeping practices of the period, together with an historical, archeographic, and codicological analysis of the scries and the original registers. Personal name and geographic indexes provide further reference data for historians and genealogists.
This publication results from an ambitious international editorial project aimed at promoting research, description, and publication of documents relating to Ukrainian lands from other books of the Crown Metrica.
Abstract of Introduction
I. Register of Documents in the Book of Protocols MK 354 (RMx 32) in Book RM 26
II. Register of MK Copies, Previous Inscriptions, and Protocols of Documents in Book RM 29
III. Correlation Table of Archival Code Numbers for the Books of the Ruthenian Series
IV. Polish Crown Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors for the Period of the Ruthenian Metrica, 1569-1673
V. Facsimile of the List of Ruthenian Books from the Hankiewicz "Synopsis"
Index of Personal Names
Index of Geographic Names
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