Portrait of Peter the Great by French artist Paul Delaroche
Is it true that Peter the Great personally cut off the beards of the boyars or that he forced soldiers to smoke? During his 43-year reign, Peter I signed many edicts regarding physical appearance, everyday activities and even the entertainment of his subjects. In his attempt to restructure and change society, he went into incredible detail on these issues, to an extent that is hard to believe these days. Test your knowledge to see if you can tell the difference between Peter I's real decrees and the fictitious ones.
This is an abridged version of a quiz published on the Arzamas.academy website.
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