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?
RHUBARB - During the three centuries before the nineteenth, China had become so cut off from Europe that senior mandarins were quite unsure where Britain was. They’d even been told that the western barbarians needed to import herbal rhubarb from China (a medicine), and that they would die if they couldn’t get it.




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