Essay on Ivan the Terrible

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Ivan the Terrible

I’m doing my report on Ivan the Terrible. Ivan Vasiljevich the Terrible was born in 1530 and died in 1584. He was the son of the Grand Duke Vasili III. His mother Helena Glinsky was the daughter of a Luthuanian refugee who had found asylum in Russia. She was young, vivacious, intelligent, and beautiful. Vasili had married her after he tried to have an heir for 20 years with his first wife Salome.

Vasili was in his 50’s, and Helena was 20 when Ivan was born. Ivan had another brother Yuri born 18 months later.

The day of Ivans birth, August 25, 1530, was a joyful one. The Grand Duke ordered prison doors opened and chains of thousands of prisoners were removed and the prisoners freed. Nobles who had fallen into
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Ivan and his boyhood friends would ride their horses full speed down the streets of Moscow. Some citizens who were lucky escaped with no more than a scare, others were trampled beneath the horse’s hooves. Fighting with his friends was common.
Kicking, punching and biting, who ever won the struggle for power won, who ever lost was sometimes beat to near death.

As Ivan grew older, he began to under stand the benefits of being a prince Czar. Because Ivan grew up the way he did was why he became the ruler that he did. He knew from experience what would happen if he wasn't a strong ruler. As a Czar, when Ivan met someone new, he would look for the thing to fear in that person, then, he would do whatever it took to minimize whatever that something was that he was afraid of. It might require taking harsh action, but then Ivan wouldn't have to worry about that person becoming too powerful.
Along with the early influences of the boyars, also came the influence of ideas gained from the books that Ivan read. He read everything that he could get his hands on. Although there wasn't much to read, he read it, including the Bible, religious books, and some of the Western books that had been brought in from the Byzantine Empire.

Ivan planned his own Czar coronation to the smallest detail, even though he was only 16 years old.. Everything had to be perfect for the future. He was crowned in 1547 and married a month later.

Ivan married a young
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