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Sigismund von Herberstein (1486-1566) was a Carniolan diplomat, writer, historian and member of the Holy Roman Empire Imperial Council. He was sent to Russia twice (in 1517 and 1526) as ambassador of the Holy Roman Empire to arrange a truce and renew a treaty, respectively. His knowledge of Slovene allowed him to communicate with Russians. His ethnographic account of his time in Russia is one of the most extensive early European accounts of Russian life.