Sir Jerome Horseys Travels and Adventures in Russia and Eastern Europe

John Anthony Butler
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 29 . 2018 . - 301 .
This volume details Sir Jerome Horseys account of his experiences in Russia and other countries. Horsey, who spent the better part of seventeen years in the country until leaving in 1591, was an employee of the Muscovy Company, but also operated as an unofficial ambassador for both the English and Russian governments. He was personally acquainted with such people as Ivan the Terrible, Tsar Fyodor I and Boris Godunov, and gives lively and interesting accounts of his interactions with them, as well as with many other prominent people, both Russian and English. Horsey has been accused of exaggeration, chicanery and self-advertisement, but his account is by far the most readable and enjoyable of the many books written by English people sojourning in Russia. It has been published only twice, both times in conjunction with Giles Fletchers contemporary and more professional account of the Russian state; this edition, with a full introduction and extensive notes, is the first to present Horseys book on its own. It is a travel-book, an adventure story and an autobiography of a controversial and significant figure.

 

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Introduction
vii
Epistle Dedicatory
3
Chapter I
6
Chapter II
16
Chapter III
31
Chapter IV
41
Chapter V
46
Chapter VI
53
Chapter XIV
88
Chapter XV
95
Chapter XVI
102
Chapter XVII
107
Colour Centrefold
112
Chapter XVIII
113
Chapter XIX
124
Chapter XX
134

Chapter VII
58
Chapter VIII
61
Chapter IX
65
Chapter X
70
Chapter XI
74
Chapter XII
78
Chapter XIII
83
Chapter XXI
139
Appendix I
178
Appendix II
180
Appendix III
182
Appendix IV
188
Bibliography
191

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John Anthony Butler holds an MA from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has taught at the university level in Canada, Nigeria and Japan, and has published several books on seventeenth-century subjects, including a biography of Richard Cromwell and a translation of Lord Herbert of Chirburys De religione gentilium, as well as editions of Sir Thomas Herberts Travels and Sir Paul Rycauts Present State of the Ottoman Empire. His latest book is an edition of John Greavess Pyramidographia (2018), and he has also published a book of essays on little-known travel-writers, Off the Beaten Track (2017).