‘Alexander I in England in 1814’

116 years after Peter the Great's descent on London in January 1698 it was the turn of the next Romanov to visit our shores. It could not have been more different. Unlike Peter, desperately and unsuccessfully attempting to preserve his incognito, Alexander arrived with full pomp and circumstance, the focus of public attention and gossip, and with a suite that included other 'celebrities'. Although this was not a Russian visit, or just a Russian visit - it was the visit of two European monarchs, glorying in the enthusiasm and adoration that victory over Napoleon had brought, it was the Russians who left a deep impression on the English public, commemorated in newspaper columns and gossipy letters, in poetry and song, in paintings, prints, and caricature.

Dr.Anthony Cross was Professor of Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge; internationally known for his work on eighteenth-century Russia and Anglo-Russian cultural relations; has written and edited some twenty-five books. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Pushkin House) in 2010. He is internationally known for his work on eighteenth-century Russia and Anglo-Russian cultural relations.

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