Life and Times of Alexander I. Emperor of All the Russias, by C. Joyneville Volume 1

Life and Times of Alexander I. Emperor of All the Russias, by C. Joyneville Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... heat of the climate. Such an example excites the admiration both of the Russian and the Austrian armies." But on his return to St. Petersburg his over-energy exhausted itself in tormenting his soldiers with incessant drill and playing foolish and mischievous practical jokes. "In speaking of the Imperial family," writes Seume in 1805, "the Russians give them all a character for humanity and goodness, with the exception of Constantine, who is here and there loudly censured. The companions and assistants in his youthful frolics are laying on themselves a heavy responsibility. They must lose his regard as soon as he arrives at serious reflection." In 1802 the departure of his wife left Constantine, at the age o a of twenty-one, to plunge unfettered into every gaiety in St. Petersburg, where a foreign contemporary asserts he was the best and liveliest dancer he ever saw. He invigorated his constitution with active exercises, often riding unbroken horses, and like his brothers, showed extraordinary endurance in bearing exertion and privation, heat or cold, hunger or thirst. He rose at four in the morning, dined at twelve, and was abstemious in his food and moderate in drinking. Indeed, several travellers at that period bear testimony to the abstinence of the higher classes in Russia--a striking contrast to the English and other northern nations of that date. He had great powers of imitation and mimicry, and a very retentive memory, but though really possessing much information affected to despise and ridicule all professors of literature and science. His attaches knew his temper, and turned its alternate phases to their own advantage; but his wild humours and inconsiderate actsf kept Alexander in constant uneasiness, ...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236932102
  • 9781236932105