Russian History: Ivan the Terrible: Was he simply a tyrant gone mad or was there method in his madness.
Ivan the Terrible
Ivan IV of Russia has been know throughout the West as
Ivan the Terrible. In Russia he is called Ivan Grozny,
which would be better translated as Ivan the Awesome, but
that is not what he is known as in the West. So the
question arises, was Ivan truly the terrible murdered ruling
his people with the sword and an iron fist, or was there
more to his rule than violence?
Ivan was born August 25th, 1530 to Grand Prince Vasily
III of Moscow and Yelena Glinskaya. When Ivan's father died
on December 4th, 1533 a three year old Ivan was declared
Grand Prince of Moscow. Ivan's m…
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