During the reign of Ivan IV, the Domostroi was written. The book is a guide on the rituals of mundane life of the time period followed by those in the upper strata of society. It details the proper way of living as a Christian, as a good citizen, and as a human being. Throughout the first few chapters, we noticed reoccurring themes.
Being a household manual, it would make sense that the Domostroi would mention God, as the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church was ubiquitous in this time period.… Read the rest here
Beginning with chapter 64, these sections provide insight to how to run a proper household for privledged Russians. Chapter 64 is a long list of instructions for the father of the household and how to raise and instruct his son in the ways of Chritianity. The chapter proceeds chronologically, beginning with the baptism of the son and the promises the father makes to make God known to his son. The Domonstroi instructs the father to tell his child “to fear God”, and to follow the Holy Scripture. … Read the rest here
In terms of food, large estates had a wide range in diet. The upper-class ate nearly every type of meat imaginable: chicken, pork, swan, chipmunk, elk, hare, duck, mutton, goose, etc. They also ate many different types of fish. Grains consisted of barley, kasha, bread, and even noodles. For fruits and vegetables, the upper-class ate cabbage, turnips, various types of melons, apples, and berries. They drank different variations of mead, made with honey, spices, or berries.… Read the rest here