Ivan developed the trade relations which Russia had with other countries in the world by opening seaports in the White Sea. However, due to the uneven handling of Russian rulers in the past, traders were not motivated to land on these ports and continued trading with other Baltic countries which meant that the Russian empire would have to wait for several more years before sea trade could become possible (Wikipedia, 2006). Personal LifeHis personal life certainly shows signs of him being a terrible person. From a disturbed and abused child, Ivan grew into a disturbed man who was violent and often considered mad.
He drank too much and too often and roamed about Moscow with a group of his courtiers where they beat up people or raped women. The victims were often disposed of by being burnt, buried or thrown to hungry bears while they were still alive. Although he had little personal need of money, he enjoyed robbing farmers (Troyat, 2001). At the same time, he was a voracious reader and had read hundreds of books on history, religion, and theology which led to him being far more polished than other members of the court.
Often he displayed a religious fervor and would ask for God’ s forgiveness by doing penance in front of the icons. He would also fast for days and spend time in monasteries studying or repenting his sins. The polarity of his personality shows that he hated with a passion and loved with a passion as well (Perrie & Pavlov, 2003). His married life was also good at the beginning when he fell in love with Anastasia Romanovna and her effect on him was also very positive since he did not engage in his cruel activities as much.
He had six children with her but only two lived beyond infancy while she herself died after thirteen years of being married to Ivan. After her death, Ivan suspected foul play and to a certain extent that can be used as a point of reference from where Ivan became the terrible tyrant the world remembers him to be (Troyat, 2001). In terms of family life, after his first wife, he married only to fulfill his desires and egocentric nature.
In 1561 he was married to Maria Temriukovna but did not treat her as he treated his first wife, after her death, he turned to Martha Sobakin, but she only lived for two weeks after she was married. The fourth wife was Anna Koltovskaya whom Ivan sent away (Perrie & Pavlov, 2003). The fifth marriage was with Anna Wassilchikura and the sixth was with Wassilissa Melentiewna.
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