Albert Schlichting

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Schlichting, Albert


Dates of birth and death unknown. German nobleman from Pomerania; author of two works on Russia in the mid-16th century.

Taken prisoner by the Russians in 1564, Schlichting served as a translator and servant of the court physician A. Lensey from 1568 to 1570. In the fall of 1570 he escaped to Lithuania, where in 1571 he compiled a short report, News From Muscovy, as Reported by the Nobleman A. Schlichting on the Life and Tyranny of His Majesty Ivan. Schlichting later wrote A Short Tale About the Character and Cruel Government of the Moscow Tyrant Vasil’evich, in which he described in detail the oprichnina and its terror.


In Russian translation:
Novoe izvestie o Rossii vremeni Ivana Groznogo, 4th ed. Leningrad, 1935.


Zimin, A. A. Oprichnina Ivana Groznogo. Moscow, 1964.
Skrynnikov, R. G. Nachalo oprichniny. Leningrad, 1966.
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