Russian Primary Chronicle

   Conventional title for a compilation (dated to the second decade of the 12th century), that has been variously referred to as the Chronicle of Nestor, or The Tale of Bygone Years (this last derived from a phrase in the first sentence of the text). The work's importance is that it is the chief historical source for the early history of Rus (q.v.) and for early Rus-Byzantine relations, including treaties resulting from Rus attacks on Constantinople (q.v.). Its authorship has been attributed to Nestor, a monk from Caves monastery in Kiev (q.v.).

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