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Ivan the Terrible by Henri Troyat

The author of the best-selling Tolstoy, winner of Frances prestigious Prix Goncourt, member of the Académie Française, and renowned expert on Russia paints yet another indelible portrait of one of Russias imposing historical figures. Henri Troyat, author of acclaimed biographies of Catherine the Great, Tolstoy, and Turgenev, turns his attention to one of the most violent, demented rulers ever, Czar Ivan IV. Though this larger-than-life ruler inflicted torture on friends and enemies alike, destroyed villages and even killed his own son, he also forged what became 20th-century Russia.
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The Search for the Lost Library of Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible. Robert Payne , Nikita Romanoff. Czar Ivan IV , the first Russian ruler to take the title czar , is known as one of the worst tyrants in history, but few people among the general public know how he got such an infamous reputation. Relying on extensive research based heavily on original Russian sources, this definitive biography depicts an incredibly complex man living in a time of simple, harsh realities. Robert Payne, the distinguished author of many historical and biographical works, and Russian scholar Nikita Romanoff, describe in vivid and lively detail Ivan's callous upbringing; the poisoning of his second wife and the murder of his son; his obsession with religion and sin; his predilection for mass murder, evidenced by his massacre of 30, citizens of Novgorod; yet his remarkable intelligence as a ruler, supporting the growth of trade and expanding Russia's borders. A Child on the Throne. Facing the Tatars.

Ivan the Terrible — the name evokes the legend of a cruel and dangerously insane tyrant. Fearful Majesty explores that legend and exposes the man, his nature, and his time. Arrogant, handsome, a gifted orator and theologian, Ivan was well educated but cruel, profoundly egotistical yet cowardly, scarred by childhood terrors. A fresh interpretation With this book, we gain a deeper understanding of the complex man who engineered simultaneously such powerful forces of both creativity and destruction. Benson Bobrick has done a superb job of recounting Ivan's tumultuous life. Bobrick's biography is far superior to anything in this genre that had appeared for a long time.

The thought of a lost library is a tantalizing one, as one can speculate and imagine the kind of knowledge it might provide to the person who finds it. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that there are those who have dedicated their entire lives to the search of such elusive libraries. Painting of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. By Viktor Vasnetsov, Public Domain.

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The definitive biography of Ivan the Terrible, setting the Tsar's infamous cruelty within the context of his time. Notorious for pioneering a policy of unrestrained terror—and for killing his own son—he has been credited with establishing autocracy in Russia. This is the first attempt to write a biography of Ivan from birth to death, to study his policies, his marriages, his atrocities, and his disordered personality, and to link them as a coherent whole. Isabel de Madariaga situates Ivan within the background of Russian political developments in the sixteenth century. And, with revealing comparisons with English, Spanish, and other European courts, she sets him within the international context of his time. This superior book is suitable for both academic libraries and public libraries with Russian history collections.

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