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Who Wrote That?Authorship Controversies from Moses to Sholokhov$
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Donald Ostrowski

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749704

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749704.001.0001

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Who Wrote the Works Attributed to Prince Andrei Kurbskii?

Who Wrote the Works Attributed to Prince Andrei Kurbskii?

(p.160) Chapter 7 Who Wrote the Works Attributed to Prince Andrei Kurbskii?
Who Wrote That?
Donald Ostrowski
Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses Prince Andrei Mikhailovich Kurbskii, who was one of Russia's top military leaders and took part in the conquest of Kazan' in 1552. It explains Kurbskii's fame on engaging in an exchange of letters with Ivan IV in the second half of the sixteenth century, which he supposedly wrote after he defected. The chapter talks about Edward L. Keenan, a Harvard University professor of Russian history, who challenged the accepted attribution of Kurbskii's letters to Ivan IV and questioned their basic literacy. It highlights how Keenan wrote three articles in response to critics, only slightly altering his views to be even more sceptical that Kurbskii composed or translated anything.

Keywords:   Prince Andrei Mikhailovich Kurbskii, Kazan', Ivan IV, Edward L. Keenan, basic literacy, military leaders

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