Scenes From the Court of Peter the Great

Scenes From the Court of Peter the Great
Scenes From the Court of Peter the Great
Excerpt from Scenes From the Court of Peter the Great: Based on the Latin Diary of John G. Korb, a Secretary of the Austrian Legation at the Court of Peter the GreatTwo years before the birth of Peter Alexiewicz, better known to the world as Peter the Great and first Emperor of Russia, the ancient Kremlin of Moscow beheld a strange sight. Young maidens, the loveliest of the realm, drawn from every province and every class, entered the palace of the Czar on a day appointed. Assembled there in the cramped quarters allotted for their use, they spent their time in the manner of Muscovite womanhood of that age, their cloistered existence varied by some manual task relieved with song and tale. At nightfall the weary hours Were forgotten and tense expectancy reigned, for every maiden knew that she was a pawn in a lottery and that the prize was supreme rank. When darkness came figures passed through the dormitories exchanging significant words and gestures as they examined the sleepers. The Czar Alexis Mihailowicz himself accompanied by his doctor was seeking a wife among these unknown beauties, "the woman," as the time-honored formula had it, "worthy to be the Sovereign's delight," perchance the daughter of the meanest serf who might at his word become the Czarina of all the Russias.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.Эта книга будет изготовлена в соответствии с Вашим заказом по технологии Print-on-Demand компанией ООО «Книга по Требованию». Print-on-Demand - это технология печати книг по Вашему заказу на цифровом типографском оборудовании. Книга, произведенная по технологии Print-on-Demand (POD) представляет собой классическую печатную книгу с соблюдением всех стандартов качества, от офсетной бумаги и плотного картона до качественного клея, используемого при изготовлении. Черно-белая текстовая или полноцветная иллюстрированная книга (в зависимости от исходного файла, подготовленного к печати) может быть изготовлена в разных вариантах: - в мягкой обложке (Клеевое Бесшвейное Скрепление); - скрепление скобой (для книг с небольшим количеством страниц); - в твердом переплете с клееным текстовым блоком; Материалы, используемые при производстве книги: - бумага текстового блока - офсетная (белая или кремовая) 80 г/м2 - мягкая обложка - бумага мелованная 250 г/м2; - ламинация обложки - матовая или глянцевая; - твердый переплет - картон 2 мм, каптал, белые форзацы, прямой корешок - сверхпрочный полимерный клей; - каждая книга упакована в термопленку. Каждый заказ обрабатывается в индивидуальном порядке: каждой книге, напечатанной по технологии Print-on-Demand, присваивается уникальный номер.