The Moscovia of Antonio Possevino, S.J.

Translated with a Critical Introduction and Notes by Hugh F. Graham

For a number of years now Professor Graham has been providing English-speaking students of Muscovite history with graceful and accurate translations of Westerners' accounts of Muscovy, originally published in Latin. The present volume, his most ambitious undertaking to date, brings us the 'Moscovia' of Antonio Possevino, S.J., in most attractive and usable form, in the company of a helpful introduction, explanatory notes, and a fragment translated from the Muscovite transcript of Possevino's representations at the court of Ivan IV.
Slavic Review

This translation provides a descriptive account of the court of Tsar Ivan IV, in sixteenth-century Moscow, as seen through the eyes of papal envoy and Jesuit Antonio Possevino S.J. , who was sent to negotiate a peace between Muscovy and the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth.

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Antonio Possevino

Antonio Possevino S.J. was a Jesuit papal envoy to Moscow in the sixteenth-century.

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Antonio Possevino
Hugh F. Graham

Hugh F. Graham was professor of history at California State College, Bakersfield.

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Hugh F. Graham