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Ivan IV often called by his nickname Ivan the Terrible ruled from 1533- 1584 the longest reign in Russian history Carmichael 41 His nickname grozny in Russian actually means the awesome not the terrible Milner- Gulland 65 Ivan IV was the grandson of Ivan the Great and the son of Vasily III who died when Ivan was three years old leaving him the throne Wallace 77 His mother Yelena Glinskaya ruled as the regent with the boyars influence until 1538 when she died from poisoning Miliner Gulland 65 Boyars feuding over the throne were constantly disturbing the palace Ivan and his deaf-mute brother Yuri Kvenjb went hungry and without adequate clothing in their palace in which murders and abuse became common Wallace 77 When Ivan was thirteen years old and began to grasp his power he ordered the arrest of Prince Andrew Shuisky a boyar of one of the two main feuding families and had him thrown to a pack of starved hunting dogs Wallace 78 In 1547 Ivan began to rule more independently He was 17 years old and crowned himself Grand Prince of Muscovy and czar derived from the Roman Caesar of all Russia Dersin 8 This was the first time in Russian history that the title czar was used more than just casually Carmichael 43 He also announced that he was going to marry Anastasia Romanovna who had a calming effect of him Wallace 82 They were wedded on February 3 1547 Bobrick 80 and remained married for 13 years Anastasia bore him six children however only two of them survived through infancy Kvenjb Ivan the Terrible had shown signs of mental instability since he was a young child For fun he would throw small animals out of the Kremlin tower windows Wallace 77 and pluck the feathers out of birds then gouge out their eyes and cut open their bodies Kvenjb Riding on horseback through Moscow he would
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