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Unformatted text preview: The battle scene surprised me. I didnt realize that the battle was such a long and drawn out siege. Also, I didnt expect the Russians to use as much gunpowder and artillery as they had. Gunpowder had still been fairly new in Europe in the 16 th century. The use of the gunpowder by digging underneath the city and planting it in the tunnel also surprised me. I didnt realize they would have used such a technique to end the siege more quickly than it would have normally ended. While Ivan was ill, I was taken aback to see that his aunt and cousin were already discussing Vladimirs ascension to the throne following Ivans death. He was to become the boyar tsar. At the same time, Ivans friend, Kurbsky, was struggling to decide whether his loyalties lied with Ivan or with the Boyars....
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- Fall '08