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God, Tsar, and PeopleThe Political Culture of Early Modern Russia$
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Daniel B. Rowland

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501752094

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501752094.001.0001

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Architecture, Image, and Ritual in the Throne Rooms of Muscovite Russia

Architecture, Image, and Ritual in the Throne Rooms of Muscovite Russia

(p.234) Chapter 10 Architecture, Image, and Ritual in the Throne Rooms of Muscovite Russia
God, Tsar, and People

Daniel B. Rowland

Cornell University Press

This chapter attempts to build on Robert Crummey's work by exploring two themes that he has written about rituals and the secular elite of Muscovy. It discusses the complex but important set of problems presented by Muscovy's two main throne rooms, the Hall of Facets and the Golden Hall. It also elaborates how Crummey examined in great detail the composition of the elite over time, and the various ties that bound elite and monarch together. The chapter looks at the history of other premodern states to confirm a type of symbolic action that is used as a powerful cohesive force for political organisms like the Muscovite state that lacked the wealth, bureaucratic reach, and military power to compel obedience from all subjects. It concentrates on the two throne rooms of the Moscow Kremlin as the two places where the symbolic action was especially densely concentrated.

Keywords:   secular elite, Muscovy, Hall of Facets, Golden Hall, premodern states, Muscovite Russia

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