Peter The Great

The story of the remarkable childhood and rule of Peter the Great, of his building of St Petersburg, his contempt for religion and his westernising way, the religious crisis as the Old Believers opposed him, and the revolt of the Cossack 'hetman' Mazeppa form the background to the 'Peter' chapter in 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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