The Czar; His Court and People

The Czar; His Court and People

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...important Novogorod may have been as a republican and commercial city previous to the time of Rusic, it was not until after its occupation by his warlike race, that it assumed the consequence of a warlike state. The successors of Ruric conquered various provinces from different tribes of the Finns and the Slavi, --the main stem of the present population of Russia, --and in time both Permia and Kief acknowledged the supremacy of the Russo Slavonic kings. The descendants of the Varangian soldiers, by no means satisfied with the possession of the fiefs with which they were rewarded, and still thirsting for adventure, descended the Borysthenes to the Euxine, and under the walls of Constantinople gave rise to the singular prediction, centuries before the appearance of the Turks, that the Russians, in the last days, would be the masters of the city of Constantine the Great. From the capital of the then declining empire of the west, these warlike bands returned loaded with spoil, and it was during the subsequent and more friendly intercourse with the Greeks, that they adopted the Grecian rites and received the Grecian letters. The code of Varoslof, a prince of Novogorod, in the eleventh century, was the first series of written laws that appeared in Russia. Beneath their influence, Novogorod maintained its municipal freedom for nearly four hundred years. It withstood triumphantly the invasion of the Tartars. Its gates were of solid brass. Its great bell tolled for the public assembly of the citizens. It became a member of the Hanseatic league. The commerce of the east wa3 diverted from Permia, and the silks and spices of Persia and Arabia were conveyed to Novogorod. They were sent thence by river and lake in summer, or on the hard level of the ice and snow.show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236629310
  • 9781236629319