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?
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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