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Vasilisa Melentyeva (? – 1579.)

Vasilisa was the Tsaritsa of the Tsardom of Russia and the sixth wife of Ivan the Terrible.
Records are sketchy, but she was said to have been a widow when she met the lovely Ivan IV.

She was beautiful and sweet-natured, but the Tsaritsa must not have been in love with her horror-show husband. He caught her having an affair with a prince named Devletev. No quickie divorce for Ivan- he made his wife watch as her lover was impaled and then buried her alive in a cloister.

Followers of this blog will soon see more of Ivan’s wives – mystery, scandal, drama, and tragic but suspicious deaths to all eight of them. Yikes. Stay tuned.

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