The Life of Ivan the Terrible
Was he really terrible?
What made Ivan Terrible?
- As a child he was known to torture animals!
Ivan was born in Moscow on August 25, 1530. He was the son of Vasily III, whom died only when Ivan was 3, which was when Ivan was proclaimed the Grand Prince of Moscow. Ivan's mother died when he was 8. His mother was then replaced a a group of fiercely nobleman fighting for power. He grew up lonely and often witness abuse, violence, and murder in his own palace. His miserable childhood might have been the reason for his later tyranny.
“These traitors have rejected God’s chosen one… If they are not punished the kingdom will fall into ruin.” -Ivan The Terrible
- Organized an organization called Oirichnica (the first Czar)
- Expanded Russia East, into Siberia
- Built the St. Basil's Cathedral
In 1852 after the Livonian war he lost his territory
Organized the Streltsy (members of the army elite)
Built an elite army
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