The author…ended up being Hapsburg ambassador to Moscow – which is a rarity already… Herberstein spends years and years [in Moscow] and writes this book. Also he has agents travelling all over Russia…and he tells you all the history and geographics of the country. I think the book is brilliant. First of all it gives you a complete, colourful, Western insight on living in Moscow. And he gives you very probably the best picture of 16th-century Russia.