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The Terrible Leader by Dan White

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CHAPTER 1

RECLAIMING TERRIBLE

In 1569, the Tsar of Russia got wind of a plot against him emanating in the cold North West of his realm in the second Russian city of Novgorod. While historians disagree as to the exact nature of this plot (some say they were plotting to replace the Tsar with his relative the Prince Vladimir Staritskii, others that the Novgorodians were plotting to open the city gates to the Poles), what is absolutely clear is that the Tsar took firm and positive action. Andrei Pavlov and Maureen Perrie in their authoritative profile of the event1 give a very scholarly and dispassionate account of what took place. Being academics, they have tried as hard as possible to give an unemotional and rational account of what the Tsar did ...

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