ALEKSEEV A.I. To the Study of the Historical Narrative of Peter the Great’s Time. “Shestvia Journal” in the Funds of the Manuscripts Department of the RNL

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2021.5.17

Alexey I. Alekseev

Doctor of Sciences (History), Head of the Department of Manuscripts,

Russian National Library,

Sadovaya St, 18, 191069 Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

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Abstract. Introduction. The “Shestvia (Procession) Journal” is one of the most common monuments of the historical narrative of the Peter the Great era. This monument has been published many times, but still does not have a scientific publication, and its handwritten tradition has practically not been studied.

Methods and materials. This work examines the manuscripts of the “Shestvia Journal” in the funds of the Department of Manuscripts of the National Library of Russia.

Analysis. The study of the literary “convoy” of historical collections about Peter the Great makes it possible to establish that the “Shestvia Journal” was assigned a strictly defined place in the narrative about the initial period of the reign of Peter the Great: in 42 collections it was directly connected with the texts of the “Notes” by A.A. Matveev, and only in eight lists had a separate existence.

Results. Observations on the manuscripts of the “Shestvia Journal” held in the collections of the Manuscripts Department of the National Library of Russia allow us to hypothesize that the journal was created not as an independent work, but as part of a cycle of texts devoted to the early history of the reign of Peter the Great. This cycle, along with the magazine, included “The Legend of the Conception and Birth of... Emperor Peter the Great”, as well as the work of Count AA. Matveev on the rifle riots of 1682 and 1698.

Key words: the Great Embassy of Tsar Peter I, source study, textology, historical collections of Peter’s time in the funds of the National Library of Russia, overseas travel journal.

Citation. Alekseev A.I. To the Study of the Historical Narrative of Peter the Great’s Time. “Shestvia Journal” in the Funds of the Manuscripts Department of the RNL. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4. Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2021, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 217-224. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2021.5.17.

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