December 23rd, 2013


legitimacy and heirs

Ran across a tidbit about the False Dmitriys -- one of whom actually reigned as Tsar for some time, claiming to be the the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible.  The tidbit was that the Russian Orthodox Church prohibited more than three marriages, and so Dmitriy was actually technically illegitimate.  (Even though "Terrible" means "Inspiring Terror" -- still he went through a lot of brides.)

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