Infamous ruler who served as the first Tsar of All Russias for forty years. During his reign, he conquered Khanates of Kazan, Astrakhan, and Siberia, forever altering the global political landscape.
He was crowned the Grand Prince of Moscow at age three and was made Tsar of All Russias at sixteen.
He was known for his unstable temperament and bouts of mental illness. He once killed one of his own sons with a pointed staff during an argument.
He was married seven times and had eight children.
Russian director Sergei Eisenstein directed a historical epic based on his life titled "Ivan the Terrible."