So, my hosts in Riazan' were very interested in keeping me entertained; thus the concert, and the trip to the Kremlin (oh. and also the loan of a DVD for the evening when they realized my computer could play them, because I HAD to see a group called the "Turetskii choir." I'd seen ads for them here, and asumed that was the "Turkish choir," since that's the translation. No, actually, it's just led by a guy named Turetskii. Anyway, it's basically a small show choir, all men, including several with the FREAKIEST falsetto voices I have ever heard. Seriously. A MAN singing that bird aria from Mozart's Magic Flute is very, very strange.)
They also offered me books to peruse, in one of which I found this.
It's a copy of the census form Nicholas II (the last tsar) filled out for the first Russian national census in 1897. (There'd been regular things called "revisions" that were basic censuses before that, but this was supposed to be more modern and scientific, with more questions to get a fuller picture of what Russians were doing.
Anyway. You learn that he and his daughter (at that point the family only has one) were both born in Tsarskoe selo, the "Royal village" outside Petesrburg. You learn that he and his wife (born in Germany) were both educated at home. You learn that his soslovie, or legal social estate, is "Emperor of all the Russias." That his job position is "master of the Russian lands," and his job description is landowner (his wife is "mistress of the Russian lands," and her job description is "guardian of charitable homes.")
I just find that interesting, the idea that EVERYONE was supposed to be part of this census, and that the Emperor himself figured out a way to fit his role into the form that was meant, for the most part, for very, very different people.
(Oh, also, Nicholas had very nice handwriting.)