Ivan IV Vasilyevich (Ivan the Terrible!)
Ivan was born on August 25th, 1530 in Kolomenskoye, Russia.
Died in March 1584; Burial is in the Cathedral of the Archangel, Moscow.
Mother~ Elena Glinskaya
*Ivan lost both his parents before the age of ten, and then declared the Grand Prince of Moscow.
*He was considered Intelligent and devout, yet given to rages and prone to episodes of mental outbreaks.
Accomplishments During the Renaissance Era
*His early reign was peaceful; making a sound law system with reform and modernization. Also founded a strong standing army in Russia.
*Later, his practices as the 'Tzar of all Russias' became more military strategic and oppressive to the people.
~His favorite way to deal with disobedience was by impaling...
To impale- сажать на кол (sazhat' na kol) or more commonly said during Ivan's time, на кол (na kol). [It wasn't common for people to speak out against his practices]
*During his later reign, Russia began the colonization of Siberia. Also, he lead his army against Sultan Selim and the ottoman empire, which led to brutal conflict. (Russo-Turkish War, 1568-1570)
*He also made the first laws restricting the rights of peasants.