Lviv Chronicle

Lviv Chronicle [Львівський літопис; Lvivskyi litopys]. A chronicle written in the first half of the 17th century and discovered by Denys Zubrytsky, who named it after the city where he found it. It describes events mostly in western Ukraine (the Kyiv region, Podilia, and Galicia) from 1498 to 1649. From 1630 the author of the chronicle deals with events in which he was involved in greater detail. The unidentified author devotes much attention to the causes of the Cossack-Polish War, to the rebellions of the Cossacks in 1636 and 1637–8, and to Bohdan Khmelnytsky’s uprising (up to the Treaty of Zboriv) and gives a positive evaluation of Petro Konashevych-Sahaidachny’s, Khmelnytsky’s, and Petro Mohyla’s roles. The language is close to the western Ukrainian dialect. The chronicle was part of M. Hunashevsky’s manuscript, and Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Mykhailo Marchenko, and O. Bevzo consider him to be the author of the chronicle. It was published by Antin Petrushevych in his Naukovyi sbornik (1868; repr 1971). Today the manuscript is preserved in the National Library of Ukraine.

Bevzo, O. L'vivs'kyi litopys i Ostroz'kyi litopysets': Dzhereloznavche doslidzhennia (Kyiv 1971)

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 3 (1993).]

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