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In fonder times, the tsar scalded and stabbed to death a prince

James Meek: Ivan the Terrible, 1 December 2005

Ivan the Terrible: First Tsar of Russia 
by Isabel deMadariaga.
Yale, 484 pp., £25, July 2005, 0 300 09757 3
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... Like a single-column photograph in a newspaper, the portrait of Tsar Ivan IV on the dust jacket of Isabel deMadariaga’s book has been cropped down to the essential features: the mournful brown eyes, the long, slightly beaked nose, the plump little mouth nestling in the silver-black whorls of a beard which bleeds out to the edge of the paper ...

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