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'London's Petrine Legacy: Peter the Great's 1698 Descent in England

Lecture/Talk by prof. Anthony Cross

Language: In English

There is little doubt that Peter the Great’s stay in England for a 100 days in early 1698 is one of the most famous and colourful events in the long 460-year history of Anglo-Russian relations. It was not an official or state visit by a reigning Romanov but it may be said to have initiated visits to England by male Romanovs in a fashion that proved inimitable and unforgettable and gave rise to a seemingly inexhaustible supply of anecdotes and curious facts that left London – and not only London – with a unique Petrine legacy. It is to the exploration of the known, the little known, and the unknown that the lecture is devoted.

ANTHONY CROSS is Professor Emeritus of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of the British Academy. He is internationally known for his work on Anglo-Russian cultural relations and eighteenth-century Russia and three of his books have appeared in Russian translation. He has been awarded prizes in Britain and in Russia, where he was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Pushkinskii dom) in St Petersburg. Most recently, he has edited A People Passing Rude: British Responses to Russian Culture (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2012).

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