The Chronicle of Halych-Volhonia

The Chronicle of Halych-Volhonia is a major historical and literary treasure stemming from the 13th century picking up the tale of how Kyivan Rus turned into Russia proper

The Chronicle of Halych-Volhynia and Historical Collections in Medieval Rus’
By Adrian Jusupović
Brill Publishing 2022

vThe objective of this book is to identify the narrative strategy and chronology applied in The Chronicle of Halych-Volhynia, and to consider whether this source was intended to form part of a historical collection from the beginning. From the early 13th century in Rus’, chronicling began to be cultivated in various centres, focusing on the history of the local area, and therefore in this period historiographical material was collected for specific ideological purposes, providing a genesis of the history of the Rus’. By re-working this history, subsequent authors gave their writings a novel quality, albeit one that remained firmly rooted in older historiographic collections.

The Halych–Volhynian Chronicle (Ukrainian: Галицько-Волинський літопис) is a prominent benchmark of the Old Ruthenian literature and historiography covering 1201–1292 in the history of the Kingdom of Galicia-Volhynia (in modern Ukraine). The original chronicle did not survive; the oldest known copy is in the Hypatian Codex. The Chronicle continues the record of events begun inthe main Kyivan Chronicle, The Tale of Bygone Years.

This study offers a fresh new look at the complexities of Rus’ian historiography in the Middle Ages.


Adrian Jusupović is a graduate of the Institute of History at the University of Warsaw. In 2011, a doctorate at the Faculty of History of the University of Warsaw, in 2018 a habilitation at the Institute of History T. Manteuffel of the Polish Academy of Sciences. From July 1, 2019, professor of IH PAN. In 2007–2017, research internships at the Rhenish Frederick William University in Bonn, the University of T. Ševčenki, Moscow State University. M. Lomonosov and the State Academy of Sciences of Belarus.
He specializes in Polish-Ruthenian relations from the end of the 10th to the 14th century, source studies (monuments of Ruthenian literature), editing, prosopography and spelling. From 2018, a member of Ceraneum (Waldemar Ceran Center for Research on the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Basin and South-Eastern Europe). Organizer / co-organizer of conferences aimed at promoting research on medieval Rus.
Author / co-author of seven books and dozens of scientific and popular science articles. In September 2015, he was awarded a scholarship of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for young outstanding scientists. In 2018, he was awarded the 2017 Eastern Review Award (25th Jubilee Edition) in the category: Edition of the Source, 1st prize in “Studia Źródłoznawcze” im. Professor Stefan Krzysztof Kuczyński for 2017 in the category of source editions and the 1st prize in the competition “Historical Book of the Year” awarded by the directors of Historical Institutes in Poland and the President of the Polish Historical Society for the work: Monumenta Poloniae Historica, Nova Series, Vol. XVI: Chronica Galician- Volinian. Chronica Romanoviciana, ediderunt, praefatione notisque instruxerunt, D. Dąbrowski, A. Jusupović, Krakow-Warsaw 2017.



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