The Tale of the Princes of Vladimir

An early 16th-century Muscovite treatise which propounds the conception of Moscow as the third Rome

The Muscovite treatise alleged that Monomakh's Cap was an ancient relic from the Eastern Roman Empire
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The book traces the male-line descent of Muscovy's royal family not only from Rurik, but from a certain Prus, to whom his uncle, Emperor Augustus, gave the northern part of the world, which later came to be known as «Prussia».

These claims to imperial heritage are further shored up by the story of Monomakh's Cap, a purported imperial crown which Constantine IX of Byzantium is supposed to have presented to his grandson, Vladimir Monomakh, and which was used at coronations in Muscovy.

The treatise provided the ideological background for Ivan IV's coronation as the first Russian Tsar and inspired Athanasius, Metropolitan of Moscow to compile the famous Book of Degrees.

The Tsar's place for praying in the Dormition Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin was decorated with a set of bas-reliefs illustrating The Tale:

Monomakh's Throne. The council of Vladimir Monomakh
pinterest button Monomakh's Throne. The council of Vladimir Monomakh «with his princes» at which he talks about bravery of the ancestors, who were receiving tribute from Constantinople Shakko, CC BY-SA 3.0
Monomakh's Throne. Grand Duke Vladimir callstogether
pinterest button Monomakh's Throne. Grand Duke Vladimir callstogether «skilled» voivodes (commanders) and appoints chiefs of the troops Shakko, CC BY-SA 3.0
Monomakh's Throne. The troops of the Grand Duke Vladimir move in Thrace
pinterest button Monomakh's Throne. The troops of the Grand Duke Vladimir move in Thrace Shakko, CC BY-SA 3.0
Monomakh's Throne. Voivodes at Thracian city
pinterest button Monomakh's Throne. Voivodes at Thracian city Shakko, CC BY-SA 3.0
Monomakh's Throne. The voivodes of the Grand Duke captured thracians
pinterest button Monomakh's Throne. The voivodes of the Grand Duke captured thracians Shakko, CC BY-SA 3.0
Monomakh's Throne. The troops returned
pinterest button Monomakh's Throne. The troops returned "with great many riches Shakko, CC BY-SA 3.0
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Monomakh's Throne. Constantine Monomakh's troops fight with the enemy -
pinterest button Monomakh's Throne. Constantine Monomakh's troops fight with the enemy — "with the Persians, and Latins Shakko, CC BY-SA 3.0
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Monomakh's Throne. Constantine Monomakh convenes the council and appoints ambassadors to Kiev
pinterest button Monomakh's Throne. Constantine Monomakh convenes the council and appoints ambassadors to Kiev Shakko, CC BY-SA 3.0
Monomakh's Throne. Constantine Monomakh
pinterest button Monomakh's Throne. Constantine Monomakh «gives gifts of honor» — the royal regalia — for onward transmission to to Prince Vladimir Shakko, CC BY-SA 3.0
Monomakh's Throne. Ambassadors aboard the ship get under way
pinterest button Monomakh's Throne. Ambassadors aboard the ship get under way Shakko, CC BY-SA 3.0
Monomakh's Throne. The envoys from Constantinople arrived in Kiev to Grand Duke Vladimir and bring
pinterest button Monomakh's Throne. The envoys from Constantinople arrived in Kiev to Grand Duke Vladimir and bring "gifts of honor and many other gifts and beg for peace Shakko, CC BY-SA 3.0
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Monomakh's Throne. Metropolitan Neophyte, who arrived from Constantinople, crowns Grand Duke Vladimir Vsevolodovich with th Cap of Monomakh
pinterest button Monomakh's Throne. Metropolitan Neophyte, who arrived from Constantinople, crowns Grand Duke Vladimir Vsevolodovich with th Cap of Monomakh Shakko, CC BY-SA 3.0