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The History

The Real Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky was only 19 when he proved his military genius by defeating invaders from Sweden at the Bettle of Neva in 1240. A heroic figure who led Russian troops against wave after wave of invaders, he remains popular in Russia to this day, twice topping polls of the most popular figures from Russian history. While his deeds sound like the stuff of legend—and he achieved sainthood in 1547—he was a real general whose thrilling victories would challenge any fictional hero for drama. {more}