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Alexei the Ruined Tzarevich

Peter said  many things that indicate his humanity. “If the emperor does not consider himself above the law, than no one can break it.” “You are deluded if you think I am fighting for other countries. I have enough territory. … Continue reading

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Two Members of the Inner Circle at War

  Alexander Danilovich Menshikov was the very clever and very corrupt commoner friend of Peter. When Peter died he ran everything, though Peters wife was made Tzarina. He received presents from European leaders; and was so brilliant that Peter consulted … Continue reading

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Eudoxia Lopukhina

It is rare that relations with a former spouse are good. But those of Peter the Great and Eudoxia were extreme. Peter was sixteen.  His mother Natalya Kirillovna  Naryshkin was still engaged in the power struggle struggle which seemed of paramount … Continue reading

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Charles XII the Boy Warrior

  Charles XI died of stomach cancer on the 15th of April 1697 at the age of forty one. Charles XII was only fourteen. His mother, Hedvig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp was regent and made the kingdom mourn her son for … Continue reading

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Peter and the Destruction of the Streltsy

  The streltsy were supposedly the elite of the military and Peter hated them.  This may be an understatement. When he was ten they killed two of his uncles and his regent who was torn from him clutching his robes. … Continue reading

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Peter and the Mob

  Peter and his mother had no idea the mob was coming. When the soldiers arrived they were frozen with terror. It was too late to close the gates to the Kremlin. They didn’t know what to do. Natalya and … Continue reading

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Serfs, Merchants and Peter the Great

Peter the Great did many things for the country and for the future economy, although at the time the the treasury was broken, decimated by war.  But he put the final nail in the coffin of the agricultural worker. Peter made it much … Continue reading

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An Estonian and the Rise of Russia

Johann Reinhold von Patkul  began and ended his life in prison. In fact he was drawn and quartered when it was no longer done by Sweden. But he was special,  Before he was born his father was accused of treason. … Continue reading

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Two Bigger than Life Enemies: Charles XII and Peter the Great

  Peter the Great and Charles XII fought each other in The Great Northern War from 1700 to 1719, in an match that was considered uneven. Peter did not expect to win the war. He wanted a warm water port … Continue reading

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Peter the Great: Paternity Question

Peter and his father did not look alike. Dr. Samuel Collins, a physician at court, described the father of Peter the Great in 1668. “He is….about six feet high, well set [stout], inclined to fat, of a clear complexion, lightish hair, … Continue reading

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