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The Quest for a Perfect Stadtholderian Bride

In 1648, the Dutch count Willem Frederik of Nassau-Dietz sent one of his courtiers to France in order to find him a bride. In the instructions for his courtier, he explained that it was...

Drink and Diplomacy at the Muscovite Court 0

Drink and Diplomacy at the Muscovite Court

‘To drink drunk is an ordinary matter with them every day in the week’, remarked the English ambassador Giles Fletcher in his reflection on the state of Russia in the sixteenth century.[i] Anthony Jenkinson,...

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