Russian Nobility

The Russian nobility has several strands - ancient princely and boyar families, nobles of the Holy Roman Empire, and, from the time of Peter the Great, the imperial service nobility to which, for instance, both Tolstoy and Lenin belonged. Some account of this complex imperial system is given in the 'Catherine' chapter of RUSSKA.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
The award for shortest reign in history goes to…Louis-Antoine Duke of Angoulême of France ! Louis XIX ruled for approximately 20 minutes – the time between when his father Charles X of France signed abdication papers in 1830 and the moment he too wielded a quill, signing away his rights to the throne.




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