In order to avoid problems with items from a culture the speakers are not familiar with we took a plot of a Russian folktale which Beserman speakers definitely know--Ivan tsarevitch
, the firebird, and the grey wolf.
Eton-educated Nicky, now pushing 66, will enjoy a glass or two by the fireside when he eventually calls it a day down Seven Barrows way but I suspect he'll soldier on till the three-time champion trainer eventually cracks the Aintree enigma code, having almost solved it with Zongalero (1979) and The Tsarevitch
(26) Pierre Gonneau, "Pierre le Grand, lecteur de la Stepennaja kniga: A la recherche de precedents historiques a la decheance du tsarevitch
Alexis," Revue des etudes slaves 76, 1 (2005): 51-59.
Masha, however, can only distract the young tsarevitch
from his pain with stories both real and fantastic--stories of her father, his mother, and the once-powerful empire that is quickly fading around them.
His other relatives are Goethe and Rasputin, and not surprisingly, he describes himself being dressed up as the tsarevitch
, thus supplementing the Slavic and the monarchic aspects of his narrative with the aspect of religious supremacy (117; cf.
Besides the tsar himself there were the tsarina, Alexandra Feodorovna (a German grand-daughter of Queen Victoria) and their five children: the thirteen-year-old tsarevitch
Alexei, who suffered from haemophilia, could hardly walk and was mostly in a wheelchair; Olga and Tatiana in their early twenties; and the teenaged Marie and Anastasia.
Relating Peter the Great's alleged role in the death by torture of his heir the Tsarevitch
Alexis (1690-1718), the Enlightenment historian reminds the reader that in modern times the standards of "universal criticism"--in other words, the requirement to take into account all printed and manuscript sources, as well as personal testimony--make it more difficult than hitherto to impugn unfairly the reputation of historical figures.
It is, of course, copied from Newmarket's long-distance handicap, which was inaugurated in 1839 with a purse given by the Tsarevitch
Alexander, heir to the Russian throne, who visited England that year, sampled the pleasures of horse racing and endowed a race at the London Hippodrome, as well as the big event at turf HQ.
She delights in palaces, the yacht, fine food, beautiful clothes, and exciting entertainments, but Tsarevitch
Alexei's hemophilia clouds royal life.
, a beautiful Russian Orthodox church with classic, onion-shaped cuppolas.