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Author Martin, Russell, 1963- author.

Title A bride for the Tsar : bride-shows and marriage politics in early modern Russia / Russell E. Martin
Published DeKalb, IL : NIU Press, [2012]


Description 1 online resource (xi, 380 pages) : illustrations
Series NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Contents "It would be best to marry the daughter of one of his subjects": the origins of the bride-show in Muscovy -- "Without any regard for noble ancestry": picking a bride for the Tsar -- "If you marry a second time, you will have an evil child born to you": bride-shows and Muscovite political culture -- "To assuage the melancholy": the many wives of Ivan IV -- "Scheming to be rid of the chosen tsarevna": conflict and conspiracy in the Romanov bride-shows -- "Worthy because the tsar adores you": the last bride-shows and the return of the foreign-born brides
Summary From 1505 to 1689, Russia's tsars chose their wives through an elaborate ritual: the bride-show. The realm's most beautiful young maidens--provided they hailed from the aristocracy--gathered in Moscow, where the tsar's trusted boyars reviewed their medical histories, evaluated their spiritual qualities, noted their physical appearances, and confirmed their virtue. Those who passed muster were presented to the tsar, who inspected the candidates one by one--usually without speaking to any of them--and chose one to be immediately escorted to the Kremlin to prepare for her wedding and new life as the tsar's consort. Alongside accounts of sordid boyar plots against brides, the multiple marriages of Ivan the Terrible, and the fascinating spectacle of the bride-show ritual, A Bride for the Tsar offers an analysis of the show's role in the complex politics of royal marriage in early modern Russia. Russell E. Martin argues that the nature of the rituals surrounding the selection of a bride for the tsar tells us much about the extent of his power, revealing it to be limited and collaborative, not autocratic. Extracting the bride-show from relative obscurity, Martin persuasively establishes it as an essential element of the tsarist political system
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-365) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Marriages of royalty and nobility -- Russia -- History -- 16th century
Marriages of royalty and nobility -- Russia -- History -- 17th century
Marriages of royalty and nobility -- Political aspects -- Russia
Marriage customs and rites -- Russia -- History -- 16th century
Marriage customs and rites -- Russia -- History -- 17th century
Marriage customs and rites.
Marriages of royalty and nobility.
Äktenskap -- politik -- överklassen -- monarki -- Ryssland -- 1500-talet -- 1600-talet.
Marriage -- politics -- upper classes -- monarchy -- Russia -- 16th century -- 17th century.
Rites et ceremonies du mariage -- Aspect politique -- Russie -- 1500-1800.
Mariages royaux et nobles -- Russie -- 1500-1800.
Tsarer -- historia.
Tsaritsor -- historia.
Äktenskap -- historia.
Bröllop -- historia.
Russie -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1613-1689.
Russie -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1533-1613.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780875804484