ISBN-10:
0300119739
ISBN-13:
9780300119732
Pub. Date:
09/25/2006
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible

by Isabel de MadariagaIsabel de Madariaga

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Overview

The definitive biography of Ivan the Terrible, setting the Tsar's infamous cruelty within the context of his time.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300119732
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/25/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 526
Sales rank: 913,324
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author


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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