'On Russia in the reign of Aleksej Mikhajlovich'
Date: Before 25 August 1667
Original Language: Russian
This work is a unique and rich source on Russia in the mid-17th century, written by a well-informed Russian eyewitness. Kotoshikhin had already been working on the first seven chapters when he wrote a letter to the Swedish chancellor, Count M.G. de la Gardie, which can be dated to May 1666 (Pennington, ‘Unpublished letter’, pp. 116-22). This gives a hint of the term…