I have read the book «Veliky Novgorod. Septenaries of History (IX – XV centuries)» by Sergey Troyanovsky with the great interest and recommend it to everyone including professional historians as an exciting story about the Novgorod history.
This book emerged from the author’s weekly articles published from 2006 to 2009 in Novgorod newspaper and coincided with the 1150th anniversary of Veliky Novgorod. Even at that time while reading those articles I wanted to see them published as a book. I’m glad that this idea came to life.
Actually, the book by Sergey Troyanovsky tells the entire history of Veliky Novgorod with the most significant events, remarkable characters and outstanding monuments. At the same time, the author recalls long forgotten names, events and monuments, which were not covered in the proper way in scientific and popular scientific literature and didn’t become the public heritage.
The book demonstrates the complex approach to studying of Novgorod history. Chronicles are complemented with the materials of the archeological research conducted for many years in Novgorod, birch bark letters, stories about monuments of Novgorod architecture and pictural art, toponymy and ethnography data, and legends.
I’m sure this book is the great sample for the next popular science publications about Novgorod and Russian history.