druzhina

in early Rus, a prince`s retinue, which helped him to administer his principality and constituted the area`s military force. The first druzhinniki ... [1 related articles]
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Druzhina

Druzhina, Drużyna or Družyna (Дружи́на; Дружи́на, Druzhýna literally a `fellowship`) in the medieval history of Slavic Europe was a retinue in service of a chieftain, also called knyaz. The name is derived from the Slavic word drug (друг) with the meaning of `companion, friend`. Compare it to druhti of old Germanic cultu...
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