Moscow

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In early times, Moscow was not a place of any consequence at all. It's rise really began under the grandson of Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod, and continued down the generations because, by chance, its rulers were usually survived by a single son who did not have to split his inheritance. The rise of Moscow, the atmosphere of the city and its Kremlin at the time of Ivan the Terrible are described in the 'Ivan' chapter of RUSSKA.




 

 

 

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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