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Discovery of Muscovy   By: (1552-1616)

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Discovery of Muscovy by Richard Hakluyt is a remarkable account of one man's journey into uncharted territories during the Elizabethan era. Hakluyt, a prominent English geographer and keen observer, provides a detailed and enthralling narrative of his expedition to Muscovy, present-day Russia.

Through vivid descriptions and meticulous documentation of his encounters with various cultures, Hakluyt takes readers on a captivating voyage that unveils the mysteries of a largely unknown region. The exhaustive research and attention to detail showcased in this book are truly commendable. Hakluyt's ability to paint a vivid picture of the landscapes, people, and customs he encounters demonstrates his skill as a writer and his genuine fascination with the world.

The author's perspective is refreshingly unbiased, as he presents an objective account of his experiences and observations. This allows readers a rare opportunity to witness not just the sights and sounds of Muscovy, but also the thoughts and emotions of its inhabitants. Moreover, Hakluyt's profound respect for the diversity of cultures he encounters is evident, as he refrains from imposing his own beliefs or opinions on his audience.

Another noteworthy aspect of this book is Hakluyt's inclusion of numerous maps, charts, and illustrations, all of which enhance the reader's understanding and visualization of the expedition. These visual aids, combined with the author's eloquence, bring the narrative to life, enabling readers to follow the journey with ease and immerse themselves in the rich historical context.

However, it is important to note that Discovery of Muscovy is not a contemporary work, and as such, readers may find some sections challenging due to the formal language and outdated vocabulary. Nevertheless, this also serves as a reminder of the historical significance of the book, offering a fascinating glimpse into the age of exploration.

Overall, Richard Hakluyt's Discovery of Muscovy is a valuable contribution to the literary world, offering a captivating and insightful account of an adventurous exploration. Whether you are a history enthusiast, fascinated by geographical discoveries, or simply seeking a well-crafted narrative, this book is a must-read. It not only offers a glimpse into the past but also reminds us of the enduring human curiosity that drives us to explore the unknown.

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Contents: Introduction The New Navigation and Discovery of The Kingdom Of Muscovy The Coins, Weights, and Measures, used in Russia The Voyage of the Ambassedor The Manners, Usages, and Ceremonies of the Russians The Voyages of Ohthere and Wulfstan King Alfred's Orosius The Geography of Europe. Elegiac verses by William Wordsworth


The first relations between England and Russia were established in Queen Elizabeth's reign, in the manner here set forth, by the expedition undertaken by Sir Hugh Willoughby and completed by Richard Chanceler or Chancellor, captain of the Edward Bonaventure. Chanceler went on after Willoughby and the crew of his ship, The Admiral, with the crew of another vessel in the expedition, had been parted from Chanceler in a storm in the North Sea, and Willoughby's men were all frozen to death. A few men belonging to the other ship were believed to have found their way back to England. The story of Chanceler's voyage and the following endeavours to open Muscovy to English trade is here given, as it was told in Hakluyt's collection of "The Principal Navigations, Voyages, and Discoveries made by the English Nation," the folio published in 1589.

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