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By Russell E. Martin

From 1505 to 1689, Russia’s tsars selected their other halves via an complex ritual: the bride-show. The realm’s most lovely younger maidens—provided they hailed from the aristocracy—gathered in Moscow, the place the tsar’s relied on boyars reviewed their clinical histories, evaluated their non secular features, famous their actual appearances, and proven their advantage. those that handed muster have been provided to the tsar, who inspected the applicants one via one—usually with no talking to any of them—and selected one to be instantly escorted to the Kremlin to organize for her marriage ceremony and new lifestyles because the tsar’s consort.

Alongside money owed of sordid boyar plots opposed to brides, the a number of marriages of Ivan the negative, and the interesting spectacle of the bride-show ritual, A Bride for the Tsar bargains an research of the show’s position within the advanced politics of royal marriage in early smooth Russia. Russell E. Martin argues that the character of the rituals surrounding the choice of a bride for the tsar tells us a lot concerning the volume of his energy, revealing it to be restricted and collaborative, now not autocratic. Extracting the bride-show from relative obscurity, Martin persuasively establishes it as an important part of the tsarist political system.

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