Tsarevich Dmitry

St Dmitry the Murdered Tsarevich, son of Ivan the Terrible and Maria Nagaya, painted by Mikhail Nesterov 1899
Born: 1582, Moscow
Died: 1591, Uglich

Tsarevich Dmitry was the only child and only son of Ivan the Terrible and Maria Nagaya. He was born in Moscow, shortly after the murder of his half-brother Tsarevich Ivan, on 19 October 1582. In 1584, after his father’s death and the accession of his other half-brother, Tsar Feodor I, he and all his mother’s relatives were exiled to the small town of Uglich, where he died in mysterious circumstances on 15 May 1591.

Dmitry was the next in line to the Russian throne after the sickly Feodor, who did not have any issue. According to the official version, the young prince fell on a knife during an epileptic fit. But the many contradictions in the investigation contributed to the legend that he was murdered at the command of Boris Godunov, who then ascended the throne himself. Tsarevich Dmitry was canonised by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1606.

Tsarevich Dmitry was the only child and only son of Ivan the Terrible and Maria Nagaya. He was born shortly after the murder of his half-brother Ivan in 1582. He died in suspicious circumstances in Uglich in 1591

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