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England – Russia, an Old Partnership – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today concluding this 4-part review of Chapter X in the book by English diplomat Giles Fletcher the Elder, “Of the Russe Common Wealth“, published in 1591.  Giles was an astute political observer and, like Machiavelli, understood perfectly how … Continue reading

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England – Russia, an Old Partnership – Part III

Dear Readers: Continuing with my review of Chapter X of the book by Giles Fletcher the Elder.  Where we left off, Giles had described the role of the Dyaks (“servants” or “deacons”), members of the lower nobility who shadowed the … Continue reading

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England – Russia, an Old Partnership – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing with my review of Chapter X of the book by Giles Fletcher the Elder.  Recall that Giles was sent to visit Russia by Mary Queen of Scots, in an attempt to restore the trade relationship which had … Continue reading

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England – Russia, an Old Partnership – Part I

“By this it appears how hard a matter it would be to alter the state of the Russian government as it now stands.   (…) As for the common people (…) they are robbed continually both of their belongings and … Continue reading

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Uglich still reeling from unsolved murder of Dmitry Ivanovich – Part VI

In time the strong and stately turrets fall, In time the rose and silver lilies die, In time the monarchs captive are and thrall, In time the sea and rivers are made dry; The hardest flint in time doth melt … Continue reading

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Uglich still reeling from unsolved murder of Dmitry Ivanovich – Part V

Dear Readers: Yesterday we learned about an important English diplomat named Giles Fletcher the Elder, from whose accounts we know much fascinating information about Russian history of the late 16th century.  Today’s post is a bit of a sidebar from … Continue reading

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Uglich still reeling from unsolved murder of Dmitry Ivanovich – Part IV

Dear Readers: In the last installment of this fascinating story, we jumped to the chase and witnessed the actual murder of Dmitry Ivanovich, the (supposedly) spontaneous riot of the Uglich townspeople that ensued upon the knifing; and then we even … Continue reading

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