As happens every so often in Russian Class, a seemingly harmless question about the use of a soft-sign will result in a 20min tangent involving the pull down map, some really intense history that took place in somethingorother-stan, Steppes, fur, blood, weaponry, and royalty. It's one of the reasons we enjoy class so much.
Last week, the topic of choice was the шапка мономаха. *insert epic, upswelling, da DAH!-type music here* - the crown used in the coronation of Russian Tsars from the time of Ivan IV
I plan to post more on this topic later, because the history of it is fascinating, but for now, here's a picture of it....
Pretty hardcore huh?