Ivan The Terrible crowned Russia’s first Czar.

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January 16th 1547

Ivan The Terrible crowned Russia’s first Czar.

Although the Grand Prince of Moscow, Ivan IV had already effectively ruled Russia since 1533, he decided to raise the stakes and had himself officially crowned as the first Russian Czar (Caesar) on January 16th 1547. His bold coronation was a message to his subjects and Europe that he saw himself, like the Byzantine’s once did, as God’s representative here on earth. Greatly influenced by the Metropolitan of Moscow, Saint Macarius, to establish Russia as a Christian state, Ivan tied his new position…

Source: What happened this month in history. | If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History

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4 thoughts on “Ivan The Terrible crowned Russia’s first Czar.

  1. Old rulers had such good names. Ivan The Terrible, Barbarossa, Charles The Hammer, etc.
    I feel short-changed, to be honest.
    I might start calling myself ‘Pete The Nice.’
    Doesn’t have the same ring to it though…
    Best wishes, Pete.

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