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There is no reason to be furious that all odds are against you; you would better be happy that your real tenacity is driven by you only. The true miracle is that desperation sometimes gives an upsurge to profound hope. This image has an entirely different scene and subject matter. However, here we are, against all odds. The motif has been inspired by the battle on the ice (Russian: Ledovoye poboishche), which happened in medieval times on April 5, 1242, at Lake Peipus. It is a top-rated event in Russian history and the source of national pride. The battle was popularized by the Alexander Nevsky move produced in the late 1940s. According to the legend, countless hordes of Northern crusaders had been defeated ingeniously by Alexander Nevsky. He managed to lure the heavy-weighted, mounted knights to the lake, where they broke the thin ice and drowned.

While exploring more info about the ice battle, I stumble upon surprising historical data that subsequently ruined my childhood memories and beliefs. It turns out that the battle or even the Ice Massacre, how it was named in Russia, was not a significant historical event at all. The other disturbing news was that the Teutonic knights and Russian soldiers had similar heavy armor; therefore, that was a popular misconception that the thin ice on the lake broke under the weight of only German warriors' plated armor. Besides, the heavy, full plated armor began to be used only in the XIV-XV century. The event of drowning was not documented in any historic chronicles at all. Also, the knight loses after the battle counted only 20 crusaders killed and six captured. That is relatively small casualties for the major battle of the century. Russians had so many troops that there were about sixty Russian soldiers for every one invading knight.

And one more thing; the famous catchphrase of Alexander Nevsky, “Who comes to us with a sword by the sword will die,” is a modified version of the Gospel (Matthew, 26, 52.) which reads as “Those who take the sword – by the sword will perish.” It appears that the misleading “legend” was instigated by the movie only and cited many times in newspaper articles and posters as an actual historical event and a phrase of Alexander Nevsky. From my childhood, I had a vision of a frozen crusader knight standing alone in the middle of an icy snowfield; I even painted it ones 40 years ago. Still, it came back to me again in a new form of depiction.

(Title Rus) Наперекор Судьбе или Крестоносец на Ледовом Побоище

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George Grie,  June 2016
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