tsardom

The Eternal Peace Treaty of 1686 (Pokój Grzymułtowskiego) between the Tsardom of Russia and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Strongly opposed in Poland, it was not ratified until 1764. However, it marked a turning point in Russo-Polish relations and played a big part in the struggle of Eastern European peoples against the Turkish-Tatar aggression.

“… The next poor idiot to hit the Russian throne was Michael Romanov, whose descendants held onto it with an iron fist until the Communists shot them.  The Romanov dynasty was uneventful until Peter the Great, who decided to copy the west and forced all the nobles to shave and learn French.  He also pwned the Church.  Everybody hated him.  His grandson was a drunk and let his wife Catherine rule the country.  She was called ‘The Great,’ too.  This is because Russian historieans aren’t very imaginative.  They could have called her 'Catherine the Slut.’”

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Illumination from a book dated to 1673. It represents a crowd at the Ipatiev Monastery imploring Mikhail Romanov’s mother to let him go to Moscow and become their tsar. The House of Romanov was the second dynasty, after the Rurik dynasty, to rule over Russia, and reigned from 1613 until the abdication of Nicholas II on March 15, 1917, as a result of the February Revolution.