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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User Review  - everfresh1 - LibraryThing

So fascinating subject and so boring and dry book! There got to be better books about Ivan the Terrible. I got through the end but It took some effort (and I am used to academic research). Read full review

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User Review  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

How to tell the history of a difficult man when the sources you have are fragmentary at best? To a large degree the author does so by way of examining the extant diplomatic correspondence, and then ... Read full review

Contents

The Historical Background
xvii
The Reign of Vastly III
17
Ivans Birth Childhood Adolescence Coronation and Marriage
33
The Era of Aleksei Adashev
54
The Government of Compromise
69
The Conquest of Kazan
86
The Dynastic Crisis of 1553 Domestic and Military Policy and the Arrival of the English
101
The War in Livonia and the End of the Chosen Council
117
Armageddon
238
Foreign Policy and the Tatar Invasions
257
The End of the Oprichnina and the Succession to the PolishLithuanian Crown
274
Grand Prince Simeon Bekbulatovich
294
Peace Negotiations
313
The Truce of Yam Zapolsky
330
The Death of Ivan
347
Ivans Legacy to Russia
363

The Death of Anastasia and Ivans Second Marriage
136
Tsar Ivan and Prince Andrei Kurbsky
152
The Setting Up of the Oprichnina
168
War in Livonia and the Zemskii Sobor of 1566
183
The Boyar Plot 1 the Letters to King Sigismund
200
The Boyar Plot 2 the Executions of Ivan Fedorov Metropolitan Filipp and Vladimir of Staritsa
219
Abbreviations
379
Notes
381
Brief Glossary
441
Select Bibliography
442
Index
459
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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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