Ivan The Terrible

The name of the legendary Russian Tsar is a slight mistranslation: in Russian it is actually Ivan the Awesome, or 'the Dread'. The story of his reign, and of his bizarre psychology, forms the background to the 'Ivan' chapter of RUSSKA, in which he also makes a terrifying personal appearance.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Hard to believe, but this month of April is the 50th anniversary of the 'official' break-up of the Beatles. This author was a very timid young student at Cambridge then. But the far more worldly and talented guy who had the room across the corridor from me had a lovely girlfriend who worked for John Lennon; and one day they scooped me up and took me to Lennon's house at Ascot. The white house with the white piano. Lennon himself wasn't there, but all the same . . . Fifty years later, that day is still so vivid




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