Piskorsky, Volodymyr (Vladimir) [Піскорський, Володимир (Владимир); Piskors’kyj], b 10 August 1867 in Odesa, d 16 August 1910 in Kazan, Russia. Historian; father of Kostiantyn Piskorsky. He studied at Kyiv University (1896–90) under Ivan Luchytsky and was a privatdocent there (1893–5) and a professor of world history at the Nizhyn Historical-Philological Institute (1895–1906, see Nizhyn Lyceum) and Kazan University (1906–10). A specialist in the history of medieval Spain, Portugal, and Italy, he wrote monographs in Russian on the Castilian Cortes in 1188–1520 (master's thesis, 1897; Spanish trans 1930, 1977), F. Ferruccio and his era (1891), the meaning and origin of the six ‘bad customs’ in Catalonia (1899; Spanish trans 1929), and serfdom in medieval Catalonia (doctoral diss, 1901). He is also the coauthor of a Russian-language history of Spain and Portugal (2nd rev edn 1909).
[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 4 (1993).]