Peter The Great

The story of the remarkable childhood and rule of Peter the Great, of his building of St Petersburg, his contempt for religion and his westernising way, the religious crisis as the Old Believers opposed him, and the revolt of the Cossack 'hetman' Mazeppa form the background to the 'Peter' chapter in RUSSKA.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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