Ivan The Terrible

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Date of Birth August 25, 1530
Place of Birth Moscow, Russia
Date of Death Mar 28, 1584 (53)
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Ivan the Terrible

Ivan IV Vasilyevich, commonly known as Ivan the Terrible, was the Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547 and the first Tsar of Russia from 1547 to 1584. Ivan was the son of Vasili III, the Rurikid ruler of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, and was appointed Grand Prince at three years old after his father's death. A group of reformers, united around the young Ivan and known as the "Chosen Council", declared him Tsar of All Rus' in 1547 at the age of sixteen, establishing the Tsardom of Russia with Moscow as the predominant state. Ivan's reign was characterized by Russia's transformation from a medieval state into an empire under the Tsar, though at immense cost to its people and its broader, long-term economy. In the young years of Ivan, there was a conquest of the Khanates of Kazan and Astrakhan.

Predecessor: Monarchy established
Successor: Simeon Bekbulatovich
Predecessor: Simeon Bekbulatovich
Successor: Feodor I
Predecessor: Vasili III
Successor: Himself as Tsar of Russia
Born: 25 August 1530, Kolomenskoye, Grand Duchy of Moscow
Died: 28 March [O.S. 18 March]1584, (aged 53), Moscow, Tsardom of Russia
Burial: Cathedral of the Archangel, Moscow
Dynasty: Rurik
Father: Vasili III of Russia
Mother: Elena Glinskaya
Religion: Russian Orthodox
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About Ivan The Terrible

Infamous ruler who served as the first Tsar of All Russias for forty years. During his reign, he conquered Khanates of Kazan, Astrakhan, and Siberia, forever altering the global political landscape.

Before Fame

He was crowned the Grand Prince of Moscow at age three and was made Tsar of All Russias at sixteen.


He was known for his unstable temperament and bouts of mental illness. He once killed one of his own sons with a pointed staff during an argument.

Family Life

He was married seven times and had eight children.


Russian director Sergei Eisenstein directed a historical epic based on his life titled "Ivan the Terrible."

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