Boris Godunov 1551-1605
Boris Godunov, by unknown
artist. Moscow History Museum.
Boris Godunov, also spelled
Борис Годунов, was Russia's tsar from 1598 to 1605.
How did he manage to become
In 1580, Boris Godunov's sister,
Irina, became the wife of
Fyodor Ivanovich. Fyodor, by
the way, can also be spelled Fedor.
When in 1584, Fyodor's father,
Tsar Ivan IV the Terrible,
died, Fyodor became Tsar Fyodor I
and Boris Godunov Fyodor's trusted adviser.
Fyodor I died without an heir in 1598
and a government council voted Boris Godunov to be the new tsar.
This was the official end of the ruling
Boris Godunov's son Fyodor became tsar
Fyodor II upon Boris Godunov's
death in 1605.
And here is his map
RUSSIA IN EUROPE
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In 1831, Russian novelist
Alexander Pushkin wrote his work
Modest Musorgsky, who lived 1839-1881, thought it
swell and followed up with a creation of his own, his opera Boris