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Author: Daria S. Mendeleeva
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Daria S. Mendeleeva – PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, А. M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 а, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

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Mendeleeva D. S. Old Russian “judicial cycle”: “The tale of Peter, Prince  Ordynsky” and “The tale of Yersh Yershovich”. Hermeneutics of Old Russian literature: Issue 18 / А.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences; ex. ed. О.A. Tufanova. Мoscow,  Berlin, Directmedia Publishing, 2019, pp. 446–451.
DOI: 10.23681/500101 (In Russ.)

DOI: 10.23681/500101
Keywords: mentality, sinner, righteous man, court, “The Tale of Yersh Yershovich”, “The Tale of Peter, Prince of Ordynsky”.

Abstract: The article is to study some features of the Old Russian legal proceedings, which were reflected in the literary monuments of the 16th–17th centuries. The aim of modern judges in the process is to decide whether the actions of the defendants are not contrary to the law. The processes described in both Old Russian stories are disputes between two applicants for property. In both cases, the judges decide cases, focusing on the righteousness or sinfulness of the parties more than the evidence submitted.