Fyodor II

Fyodor II
Russian Fyodor Borisovich Godunov

born 1589
died June 10, 1605, Moscow, Russia

Tsar of Russia for three months in 1605, during the Time of Troubles.

The son and successor of Boris Godunov, Fyodor was immediately challenged by the first False Dmitry. After his military commander shifted his support to the pretender, Fyodor's mother tried to take power. Her action angered the boyars, who provoked a Moscow mob to riot and murder Fyodor and his mother. The pretender then assumed the throne.

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▪ tsar of Russia
in full  Fyodor Borisovich Godunov  
born 1589
died June 10 [June 20, New Style], 1605, Moscow, Russia

      tsar who ruled Russia briefly (April–June 1605) during the Time of Troubles (Troubles, Time of) (1598–1613).

      The son of Boris Godunov (reigned 1598–1605), Fyodor received an excellent education and was well acquainted with state affairs when his father unexpectedly died and he ascended the Russian throne (April 13 [April 23], 1605). His rule was immediately challenged, however, by the first False Dmitry, a pretender to the throne, who, claiming to be the son of Ivan IV the Terrible (reigned 1547–84) and the legitimate heir to the throne, had invaded Russia in October 1604 in an effort to overthrow Boris Godunov. After Fyodor's military commander shifted his support to the pretender, Fyodor's mother tried to take power and control the situation. Her action, however, aroused the hostility of the boyars (boyar) (members of the powerful Russian aristocracy), who provoked a Moscow mob to riot and to murder Fyodor and his mother; immediately afterward the first False Dmitry entered Moscow and assumed the throne of Russia.

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