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henry_flower ([personal profile] henry_flower) wrote2017-04-30 09:18 pm

Miranda found the whole spectacle slightly ridiculous

Ніколи в житті би не подумав, що ідеолог незалежності іспанських колоній в Південній Америці (Francisco de Miranda), зимою 1787 був в Україні, де з подивом вдивлявся до церемоній Катерини II, яка тоді була у Києві:

"Becoming increasingly anxious about protocol as Catherine's arrival neared, his friends [Potemkin & Co] arranged for Miranda to obtain a dress uniform and sent out for a special sword, prompting the amused Venezuelan to exclaim, "Great Heavens! What trifles and absurdities!".

Miranda caught his first glimpse of Empress Catherine the Great of Russia in a Kiev cathedral on February 13, 1787. [...]

At the ceremony, the archbishop covered her in kisses and professions of loyalty and faith. Miranda found the whole spectacle slightly ridiculous and claimed that he used the time during the long service to study the cathedral's construction and architecture."

"Miranda toured schools everywhere he went; he visited the universities in Moscow and Kiev, and learned that the government sponsored several public schools that were "of tremendous utility" to the nation, although one schoolmistress he saw was "more heavily painted up than a clown."

Якийсь той креол був балуваний; ну перестаралася дівчина, той що? От як вчителька, так вже і макіяж не робити? ггг

(From Francisco de Miranda: A Transatlantic Life in the Age of Revolution by Karen Racine)


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