Ivan the Terrible Isabel de Madariaga
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- Publication date:
- 07 Jul 2006
- 526 pages: 234 x 156 x 38mm
- 16 b/w illustrations
This compelling biography is the first to encompass the entire life of Ivan the Terrible and to view him in the context of his own time. Notorious for a policy of unrestrained terror - and for killing his own son - his reign was devastating for Russia and her people. The book illuminates the reign and the politics, as well as Ivan's marriages and disordered personality.
Isabel de Madariaga is emeritus professor of Russian Studies in the University of London.
"A simply brilliant book... a colossal achievement of magisterial scholarship, beautifully readable prose and superb characterisation... Professor Isabel de Madariaga remains the empress of Russian historians" Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard "Almost every page of de Madariaga's magnificent biography is illuminated by the wisdom gained by its author from a lifetime of learning and reflection about the place of Russia in the wider world." Orlando Figes, New York Review of Books "A significant biography of the 16th-century Russian czar... Likely to become the definitive work on Ivan for some time." Publishers Weekly (starred review) "De Madariaga addresses knowledgeable readers, but the beautiful prose of this great book will tempt all others. Highly recommended." Choice"