Ivan the Terrible came to rule at the age of three. His life was disrupted by struggles for power among boyars.
At sixteen, Ivan crowned himself czar. He then married Anastasia who was related to the Romanovs.
Ivan won many great victories, added lands to Russia, gave Russia a code of laws, and ruled justly from 1547 to 1560.
Anastasia died in 1560. Ivan accused boyars of poisoning his wife.
Ivan organized a police force to hunt down and kill traitors. He used his secret police force to execute many boyars.
Ivan killed his oldest son and only heir during a violent quarrel. So, Ivan died without an heir.
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