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This translation of the memoirs of a German mercenary who lived in Russia throughout the first decade of the 17th-century, makes available a unique eye-witness account of the "Time of Troubles" (1598-1613). Conrad Bussow (1552-1617), a soldier of fortune from Lower Saxony, spent most of his career in foreign service. He arrived in Russia in 1600 and spent the next 11 years serving under a variety of rulers and rebel leaders. He witnessed many of the... more...