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A letter from King Henry II of France


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Apart from its unique book collections, the library also possesses an enormous quantity of archive material which is of exceptional historical significance: more than 10,000 early Russian documents spanning a period from 1269 to 1700: papers associated with members of the royal house; official correspondence of the French kings and reports of their officials on tax-gathering: documents concerning the construction of fortresses during the Hundred Years War; numerous deeds relating to land-ownership; and much else besides. A considerable portion of this material dates from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Both the Western and the Russian manuscript stocks contain large quantities of memoirs, diaries and travel notes. (Even an incomplete inventory of Russian authograph works occupies two volumes.) An extremely interesting section of the stocks consists of the personal archives of writers and cultural figures from the eighteenth century onwards.

A letter from King Henry II of France. A chrter issued by Grand Prince Ivan Vasilyevich of Moscow (Ivan the Terrible). 1552
A letter from King Henry II of France. A charter issued by Grand Prince Ivan Vasilyevich of Moscow (Ivan the Terrible). 1552

 



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