August 6, 1675

On August 6, 1675, Russian Tsar Alexis was getting irritated with his Russian boyars. The boyars were the old Russian aristocrats. They were starting to adopt the latest customs from the bourgeois Polish and German foreign ministers. Those Poles and Franks with their fancy, sissified haircuts and expensive clothes. Alexis finally had enough. If long uncut beards and good woolen clothes were good enough for his dedushka, it’s good enough for the modnyye mal’chiki today. He issued an order that forbid courtiers to adopt foreign, German and other customs as well as cutting their hair in the effeminate foreign styles, or to wear clothes and hats of foreign design, and they couldn’t let their servants do it either. He believed if you were a Russian, you’d dress and look like a Russian, proklyat’ye.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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