The March of Muscovy Author:Harold Lamb Subtitle: Ivan the Terrible and the Growth of the Russian Empire, 1400-1648 — Back cover: — "When will the banquet begin? We are ready to drink the cup of blood." Ivan the Terrible — Once the bnquet began, it never ended. With his fanatical supporters, Ivan presided over a gruesome orgy of rape, torture and murder. Obsessed by a vision of a mighty ... more »empire, nothing could stand in the way of his monstrous lust for power. When the Russian nobility opposed him, he slaughtered them like cattle. When the Church called for a return to sanity, he destroyed the monasteries. Once, foaming at the mouth in a black rage, he even killed his own son. This is his story and the story of the growth of a strange, barbaric land-a vivid, pulsating tale of terror, cruelty and ruthless ambition as only the author of CYRUS THE GREAT and HANNIBAL could tell it.
Note:Bantam's classification on the spine says Historical Novel, but foreword implies this is a book of historical fact, taken from eye witness accounts.« less