Tolstoy family coat of arms

The illustrious antecedents of the Tolstoy name are memorialized by the attributes of the family’s coat of arms: the center of the shield features a square frame with crossed saber and stirrups passing through the ring of a golden key. In the square on the lower right, we see seven towers with upturned crescents, representing Constantinople’s seven-towered Yedikule Fortress, thus making reference to the diplomatic service of […]

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Leo Tolstoy and Crimean war (October 1853 – February 1856)

Having joined the army as a junker (cadet), he later passed the exam to become an officer of the most junior rank. When the Crimean War began, Tolstoy transferred from the Caucasus to the Dunay Army, which was fighting against the Turks, and then to Sevastopol, to which the combined forces of England, France and Turkey had laid siege. In Sevastopol, he commanded a battery at the […]

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