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?
Only one man was allowed to live in the royal palace of China, known as the Forbidden City: the emperor. All the other inhabitants were either women - wives, concubines or servants - or the famous palace eunuchs. Nearly all eunuchs were castrated when they were still only boys. But there were just a few who chose to be castrated after they became men, and even had children of their own. They did it for the money. 




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