ivan the terrible peter the great
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Ivan's dad died when he was the age of three, which meant that he came to throne in 1533, which was made difficult because of boyars who wanted to to get control over Ivan
Ivan at the age of 16 he married Anastasia, and had himself crowned czar (Caesar) During the 1547 to 1560 it was often called Ivan's "good period " he won victories added land to Russia and gave Russia a code of laws.
Ivan's "bad period" began when Anastasia died, he blamed the boyars of poising his wife, he got his own police who wore black and rode on horses. Thousands of people died.
Ivan the terrible
In 1581 Ivan killed his older son and when he died 3 years later, only his weak son was left to rule. Ivan's son was mentally incapable of ruling. After he died without a heir, Russia experienced the Time of Troubles.
Boyars struggled for power, and heirs of czars died under mysterious conditions. Several tried to claim the throne. In 1613 representatives from Russia gathered and chose Michael Romanov as czar.
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