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Academic Half Hours – Ivan IV. Terrible. The reign of the blood

Speaker: Kateřina Pražáková

We will learn about the extraordinary story of a young tsar who managed to seize power despite all the intrigues of his influential relatives. At first it seemed that his rule would bring the necessary reforms and prosperity. However, due to advancing mental illness, the monarch’s governmental experiments became increasingly frightening, and a stay at court offered the possibility of dizzying riches as well as a torturous death. Despite various setbacks, Ivan IV. Russia for over 40 years and influenced the local idea of the power and role of the monarch for centuries to come.