The Tsar in England: Peter the Great's Visit to London in 1698

MacGregor, Arthur
April 2004
Seventeenth Century;Spring2004, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p116
Academic Journal
Peter the Great's 105-day visit in 1698 caused a minor stir in London but left a lasting impression on the Tsar. He naturally enjoyed contact with the court of William III, but more influential were two admirals, Sir David Mitchell and Peregrine Osborne, Marquis of Carmarthen, who oversaw his introduction to English shipbuilding practice at Deptford, arranged sailing lessons on the Thames and visits to the Woolwich Arsenal, Royal Observatory and Royal Mint. He also attended a naval display at Portsmouth and visited Oxford. For two decades following Peter's visit, British influence in Russia reached a peak. It manifested itself in social custom, in craft practice and in ships and naval organisation. Through the influence of the Moscow School of Mathematics and Navigation it reached a significant sector of the population, before relations cooled once again and the two nations pulled back from this era of unprecedented cordiality.


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