The pool was only wide enough for a few strokes, which she covered quickly.
Damiani advocated the substitution of flagellation for the recitation of the penitential psalms, and drew up a scale according to which 1000 strokes were equivalent to ten psalms, and 15,000 to the whole psalter.
This is necessary in order that the down and up strokes may glide into each other in such a manner as to prevent jerking and unnecessary retardation."
Accordingly, on the 10th of June, the weak and ailing tsarevich received twentyfive strokes with the knout (as then administered nobody ever survived thirty), and on the 24th fifteen more.
From 1728 onward he was subject to repeated strokes of paralysis, and he died on the 8th of January 1736.