Ivan the Terrible

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Yale University Press, Sep 25, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 526 pages
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Ivan IV, 'the Terrible' (1533-1584), is one of the key figures in Russian history, yet he has remained among the most neglected. Notorious for pioneering a policy of unrestrained terror—and for killing his own son—he has been credited with establishing autocracy in Russia. This is the first attempt to write a biography of Ivan from birth to death, to study his policies, his marriages, his atrocities, and his disordered personality, and to link them as a coherent whole.
Isabel de Madariaga situates Ivan within the background of Russian political developments in the sixteenth century. And, with revealing comparisons with English, Spanish, and other European courts, she sets him within the international context of his time. The biography includes a new account of the role of astrology and magic at Ivan's court and provides fresh insights into his foreign policy. Facing up to problems of authenticity (much of Ivan's archive was destroyed by fire in 1626) and controversies which have paralyzed western scholarship, de Madariaga seeks to present Russia as viewed from the Kremlin rather than from abroad and to comprehend the full tragedy of Ivan's reign.

  

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Review: Ivan the Terrible

User Review  - Helmisade - Goodreads

Read this a while ago, but apparently forgot to update here. I really enjoyed the book, it was well-written with a good combination of history and anecdotes. Another area of history I would love to read more about... Read full review

Review: Ivan the Terrible

User Review  - Glorious.Clio - Goodreads

Newflash! Ivan the Terrible was actually Terrible (with a capital T that rhymes with P - never mind). The issue is, not a lot of contemporary, primary sources survive. Moscow was mostly constructed of ... Read full review

Contents

The Historical Background
1
The Reign of Vastly III
23
Ivans Birth Childhood Adolescence Coronation and Marriage
39
The Era of Aleksei Adashev
60
The Government of Compromise
75
The Conquest of Kazan
92
The Dynastic Crisis of 1553 Domestic and Military Policy and the Arrival of the English
107
The War in Livonia and the End of the Chosen Council
123
Armageddon
244
Foreign Policy and the Tatar Invasions
263
The End of the Oprichnina and the Succession to the PolishLithuanian Crown
280
Grand Prince Simeon Bekbulatovich
300
Peace Negotiations
319
The Truce of Yam Zapolsky
336
The Death of Ivan
353
Ivans Legacy to Russia
369

The Death of Anastasia and Ivans Second Marriage
142
Tsar Ivan and Prince Andrei Kurbsky
158
The Setting Up of the Oprichnina
174
War in Livonia and the Zemskii Sobor of 1566
189
The Boyar Plot 1 the Letters to King Sigismund
206
The Boyar Plot 2 the Executions of Ivan Fedorov Metropolitan Filipp and Vladimir of Staritsa
225
Abbreviations
385
Notes
387
Brief Glossary
453
Select Bibliography
454
Index
471
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About the author (2006)

Isabel de Madariaga is emeritus professor of Russian Studies in the University of London. She is the author of Russia in the Age of Catherine the Great, published by Yale University Press.

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