Decembrists

The young aristocrats who, inspired by the ideas of the French Revolution, attempted a revolt in 1825 - sometimes seen as the idealistic forerunner of the Russian Revolution of 1917 - are described in 'The Duel' chapter of RUSSKA.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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