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Rude and Barbarous Kingdom
Russia in the Accounts of Sixteenth-Century English Voyagers
Lloyd E. Berry and Robert O. Crummey

“A volume that not only illustrates the nature and limits of English interest in Russia during the sixteenth century but which illuminates many important facets of Muscovite life.”
—C. Bickford O’Brien, Russian Review

Lloyd E. Berry and Robert O. Crummey offer edited accounts of six English voyagers and their experiences in Muscovy Russia between 1553 and 1600. With modernized spelling and presentation, these accounts are accompanied by a glossary of Russian terms, introductions of their authors, and annotations that help put the travelers’ narratives into perspective.

“With informative introductory pages, a useful glossary of Russian terms and an index, Rude and Barbarous Kingdom is a very worthwhile addition to the growing body of material in English on Muscovite Russia.”—Canadian Slavonic Papers

Rude and Barbarous Kingdom is a good edition of valuable sources: a selection of the most important writings on Muscovy by Englishmen who came as traders and diplomats following the discovery of the White Sea route by Richard Chancellor in 1553 and the establishment of the Russia Company a year later.”—Slavic Review

Lloyd E. Berry was editor of The English Works of Giles Fletcher, The Elder and of John Stubb’s “Gaping Gulf” with Letters and Other Relevant Documents; he also compiled A Bibliography of Studies in Metaphysical Poetry, 1939–1960. He was professor of English at the University of Illinois. Robert O. Crummey is professor emeritus of history at the University of California–Davis. He is the author of Old Believers in a Changing World, The Old Believers and the World of the Antichrist: The Vyg Community and the Russian State, 1694–1855, and Aristocrats and Servitors: The Boyer Elite in Russia, 1613–1689.

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LC: 68-016059 DK
414 pp.   6 x 9   10 illus., 2 maps

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"This modernized and annotated edition of the graphic accounts of six English Travelers— Richard Chancellor, Anthony Jenkinson, Thomas Randolph, George Turberville, Giles Fletcher, and Jerome Horsey—to Muscovite Russia between 1553 and 1600 is a most welcome compilation."
Virginia Quarterly Review

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