Thursday, 30 August 2012

Russian reaction to the death of King Charles I of England

"INASMUCH AS the said Anglic Germans have slaughtered their own King Carolus to death, we hereby decree that none of the said Anglic Germans shall henceforth be admitted to Russia's lands."
—Decree of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich upon the murder of King Charles I in 1649, breaking off diplomatic ties with Cromwell's England and banning all English merchants from Russia.

Later the Tsar relented and readmitted the English businessmen, Helen Szamuely tells me.

What an extraordinary destiny Russia has. 

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