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Early Rus' writers, recording and elaborating upon the era of Vladimirian-Jaroslavian rule, were concerned with questions, which they deemed essential in the formulation of the powers of a national dynasty. First, however, the scribes had to reconcile the role of these princes in a newly Christianized state with a well-established pagan past, and this they believed could be achieved through the creation of a recognizable philosophy of history or a central view concerning the nature and the image of Kievan princely power. This chapter presents a passage that provides a notion of the nature of the princely office. The first part of the text stresses a theocratic concept of Kievan princely rulership, a product of the Judeo-Christian tradition. The second part elaborates upon the Kievan Rus' princes as products of natural political growth, meeting the expectations of the Rus' nation and providing for the welfare and safety of their subjects.

Keywords: Jaroslavian rule; Judeo-Christian tradition; Kievan princes; Vladimir

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