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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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.  

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Food and Fiction (Anna Karenina)

  Levin and Oblonsky having a dinner.  “If you prefer it, your excellency , a private room will be free directly; Prince Golistin with a lady. Fresh oysters have come in.” “Ah! oysters.” Stepan Arkadyevitch became thoughtful. “How if we were to change our program, Levin?” he said keeping his finger on the bill of fare. And his face expressed serious hesitation. “Are the oysters good? Mind […]

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