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Ivan le Terrible

Ivan le Terrible

Author: Henri Troyat

ISBN: 976-954-320-452-6
Category: Biographies
Cover: Paperback, Format: 13x20, Pages: 237, Weight: 222 g

Price: 12.00 lv

Votes: 2

Crowned to be a Tzar while still barely seventeen, Ivan IV dedicated himself to his political mission with determination and the ambition to multiply the power of the state and of the Church by way of reforms and countless battles against Tartars, Poles and Swedes.... Looking for a mainstay in the mysticism of the prayer and in unbridled cruelty, he thought he was on a par only with God in his unapproachability. He was equally carried away by the pleasures of love-making and by the ugly face of the condemned. Though open to the values of the West, in his actions Ivan the Terrible remained loyal to the age-old Russian traditions. Employing the skill of an outstanding biographer, Henri Troyat tries to get beyond the secret enveloping one of the most mysterious and controversial rulers in Russian history, religiously worshipped and fiercely detested; a ruler who left his imprint on the 16th century.

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