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Fearful Majesty: The Life and Reign of Ivan the Terrible

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  50 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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
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Sep 26, 2016 Guera25 rated it liked it
The author's enthusiasm for his subject shines through. I just wish there had been more of it, a closer examination of his military campaigns and his tumultuous relationship with his court. Perhaps there simply isn't any more information to be had.
scott wafrock
Sep 18, 2016 scott wafrock rated it liked it
although i had to take a break about half way through, i recently finished the book and overall i was impressed with all the historical detail the author has taken in compiling this biography. there is a lot to absorb, but i didn't want to skim over any part of it. three and a half stars at least.
Oct 14, 2011 GoldGato rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 07, 2013 Grant rated it really liked 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.
Emmett Hoops
Aug 10, 2015 Emmett Hoops rated it liked it
It was a very, very, very comprehensive look at the life of a man known as Ivan the Terrible.

The author leaves no fact unmentioned. At times, it seems the editor must have fallen asleep, because not all the very many details move the story forward.

Christina Maria
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. The only drawback is that it is rather dry and lags in some parts.
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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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