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New! “The First Russian Princess” by MThA Professor Archimandrite Macarius (Veretennikov)

The MThA Publishing House has released a book “The First Russian Princess” by Archimandrite Macarius (Veretennikov), Professor of the Moscow Theological Academy.

The book is based on chronicles, historical sources and researches. It gives some details of Princess Anastatia’s life (early 1530s - 1560), the first wife of Tsar Ivan the Terrible and a member of the Romanov boyar family.

The first Russian Princess genealogically linked the Romanov’s with the Rurik dynasty. The book described milestones of her life such as her birth in an ordinary boyar family, marriage, children, royal trips and pilgrimages to the Trinity and Makhrishch monasteries, Sloboda and Pereslavl. Princess Anastasia was close to St. Macarius of Moscow and knew other saints of the time. She played an important role in state events. The influence of the Royal Chamber and Princess’ donations to monasteries and churches are mentioned. The contemporaries spoke about the first wife of Ivan the Terrible as a wise, virtuous and pious woman and noticed her beneficial influence on the sovereign. In conclusion, the author gives an account of the reign of Tsar Ivan the Terrible after the death of Princess Anastasia, her veneration among ordinary people and the royal family.

The book is richly illustrated and will be interesting not only for historians, but for a wide range of readers.

The book is available in an online shop of the MThA Publishing House.

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