Slander and insult in reflecting the representations of the honor and dignity of the Russian nobility at the end of the XVIII – the beginning of the XX centuries

Author(s):  A.A. Kiyashchenko, Belgorod National Research University, Belgorod, Russia,

Issue:  Volume 46, № 3

Rubric:  Topical issues of russian history

Annotation:  The article deals with the issues of intra-divisional communication among the nobility of the end of XVIII and the beginning of XX centuries concerning the everyday rules of behavior, norms that affect the phe-nomenon of the moral and ethical category of honor. The study focuses on such forms of humiliation of noble honor as insult and slander, illustrates possible ways to protect the trampled honor, and specific ex-amples of court cases and dueling fights. On the basis of both archival data and materials of modern works, the types and degrees of insults, the order of interaction between the offender and the offended, and, most importantly, the reaction of the noble society to the rejection of protection and restoration of honor and dignity were established. Studying the axiological side of a noble’s everyday life is advisable to form a holistic view of the mentality of representatives of the noble class of Russia and their further influence on all spheres of life of the Russian Empire.

Keywords:  nobility, honor, abuse, duel, nobleness

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