On the trail of

quest for source


“The late Professor Oswald Prentiss Backus told me shortly before his death that he had discovered on an island in the Baltic a volume which might have been a Scandinavian prototype of the Russkaia pravda, but I have heard no more of this since his demise.”

— Richard Hellie, “The Law”, in Maureen Perrie (ed), The Cambridge History of Russia: Volume I – From Early Rus’ to 1689, (2006) [Cambridge University Press, 2006], pp 360-386, p 361 n 2.