The Russian Kaleidoscope
Shifting the image adjusts the story.
Russia: Myths and Realities, Sir Rodric Braithwaite, Pegasus Books, 270 pages.
Claudio Rangoni, bishop of Reggio Emilia and apostolic nuncio to Poland from 1598 to 1606, was not a Jesuit. On that point, Sir Rodric Braithwaite has perhaps drawn too uncritically on Mussorgsky’s great historical opera Boris Godunov, of which he is clearly and rightly a fan. It is a paradigm of something Sir Rodric successfully conveys: While there are facts about Russian history, there is also much that is mythologized.