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?
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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