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Feodor II of Russia

Feodor II of Russia

Tsar of Russia
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Tsar of Russia
Countries Russia
Occupations Cartographer
Gender male
Birth Moscow
Death 20 June 1605 (Moscow Kremlin)
Mother: Maria Skuratova-Belskaya
Father: Boris Godunov
Feodor II of Russia
The details

Fyodor II Borisovich Godunov of Russia (Russian: Фёдор II Борисович) (1589 – 10 or 20 June 1605) was a tsar of Russia (1605) during the Time of Troubles.


He was born in Moscow, the son and successor to Boris Godunov. His mother Maria Grigorievna Skuratova-Belskaya was one of the daughters of Malyuta Skuratov, the infamous favourite of Ivan the Terrible.

Feodor Godunov's map of Russia, as published by Hessel Gerritsz.
False Dmitry's Agents Murdering Feodor Godunov and his Mother, by Konstantin Makovsky (1862). Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

Physically robust and passionately beloved by his father, he received the best education available at that time, and from childhood was initiated into all the minutiae of government, besides sitting regularly in the council and receiving the foreign envoys. He seems also to have been remarkably and precociously intelligent, creating a map of Russia, which is still preserved. It was edited with some additions by Hessel Gerritsz in Amsterdam, in 1613, and had been reedited until 1665.

On the sudden death of Boris the sixteen-year-old was proclaimed tsar (13 April 1605). Though his father had taken the precaution to surround him with powerful friends, he lived from the first moment of his reign in an atmosphere of treachery. On 11 June (N. S.) 1605 the envoys of False Dmitriy I arrived at Moscow to demand his removal, and the letters which they read publicly in Red Square decided his fate. A group of boyars, unwilling to swear allegiance to the new tsar, seized control of the Kremlin and arrested him.

On 10 or 20 June Feodor was strangled in his apartment, together with his mother. Officially, he was declared to have been poisoned, but the Swedish diplomat Peter Petreius stated that the bodies, which had been on public display, showed traces of a violent struggle. Although aged 16 at best, Feodor was known to be physically strong and agile and it took four men to overpower him.

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