"I am boyar"
A Russian Boyar
Public DomainA Russian Boyar - Credit: The collection of New York Public Library

A boyar was a Russian or Eastern European aristocrat of the highest feudal rank, second only to the prince. Boyars were landowners, with serfs and some form of military or administrative function bestowed by the prince. 


‘A stranger in a strange land’ is a phrase used by Moses:

And she bore him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land

Exodus 2:22