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Fearful Majesty: The Life and Reign of Ivan the Terrible

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Traces the life of the sixteenth century Russian czar, describes the historical background of his reign, and discusses his indirect influence on modern East-West relations.
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published September 2nd 1987 by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York
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This Russian ruler always freaked me out, probably because of the Eisenstein epic movie. He didn't receive the moniker of 'Terrible' by being a nice next-door neighbour, but I think the author does an excellent job of expanding the overall personality of Ivan. After all, the Russian Empire really started with him, as he started consolidating all the different geographic pieces. He was a true Renaissance prince and ranks up there with Louix XI and Henry VII.

The Russian character comes through str
A book for those interested in Ivan IV or Russian history. Dense, informative, it is written with awareness of how 16th century Muscovy came to be, and eye ahead for what would become of it.
A readable popular biography of Russia's great and terrible ruler. Bobrick does an excellent job of placing Ivan IV in his geopolitical context, especially his relationship with the English and his involvement in Livonia. Bobrick also manages to balance Ivan the leader and Ivan the tyrant in a way that makes both understandable.
Compelling biography of the 16th century monarch Ivan the Terrible.
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Benson Bobrick earned his doctorate from Columbia University and is the author of several critically acclaimed works. In 2002, he received the Literature Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He and his wife, Hilary, live in Vermont.
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