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 […]
The Volkonskys Dukes’ Coat of Arms. On the mother’s side, Tolstoy belonged to the Bolkonskys family who were related to such dukes as Trubetskys, Golitsins, Odoevskys, Lykovs( i am sure all this names sounds familiar for “War and Peace” readers) and others. Tolstoy was also related to Alexander Pushkin on the mother’s side.