Travels Into Poland, Russia, Sweden And Denmark

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byWilliam Coxe

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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.1802 Excerpt: ... CHAP. 8. Of the princess Sophia Alexiesna.--Misrepresentation of her character.--Justisication of her conduct.--Her fall and imprisonment.--Unjustly accused of attempting to assassinate Peter.--She assumes the veil.--Her death. SCARCELY any portion in the annals of this country is more important than the minority of Peter the Great; and no character more grossly misrepresented than that of his sister Sophia Alexiesna, who governed Russia during that period. This illustrious princess united many personal and mental accomplishments; but as she headed a party in opposition to Peter, the idolatry universally paid to him has contributed to diminish the lustre of her administration. I was led into these reslections from a visit which I paid to the Devitchei nunnery in the suburbs of Moscow, where Sophia was consined during the last seventeen years of her life; and as we have scarcely any knowledge of her character but through the medium of her adversaries, I shall throw together a few particulars, which induce me to judge favourably of her conduct. Sophia Three foreign writers have principally contributed to render rhe character of Sophia extremely odious. 1. The sirst is Gordon, in his "Lifeof Peter. iheGreatr Buthis testimony is extremely exceptionable, as well on account of his partiality Sophia was born in October, 1658. Her father, Alexey Michaelovitch, was twice married; by tlallty to Peter, as because he was prejudiced against prince Vasiili Galitzin, Sophia's prime minister, for having degraded his relation and patron general Patrick Gordon. See Kqrb Durium, p. 216. a. The second author is La Neuville, in his " Relation Je la Mbs cmie," who dignisies himself with the title of envoy from the king of Poland to the court of Moscow, and is generally supposed...

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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.1802 Excerpt: ... CHAP. 8. Of the princess Sophia Alexiesna.--Misrepresentation of her character.--Justisication of her conduct.--Her fall and imp...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217139639

ISBN - 13:9780217139632

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