Russian Nobility

The Russian nobility has several strands - ancient princely and boyar families, nobles of the Holy Roman Empire, and, from the time of Peter the Great, the imperial service nobility to which, for instance, both Tolstoy and Lenin belonged. Some account of this complex imperial system is given in the 'Catherine' 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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