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Peter the Great
Peter the Great
(Russian: Пётр Вели́кий, tr. Pyotr Velikiy, IPA: [ˈpʲɵtr vʲɪˈlʲikʲɪj]), Peter I (Russian: Пётр I, tr. Pyotr I, IPA: [ˈpʲɵtr ˈpʲɛrvɨj]) or Peter Alexeyevich (Russian: Пётр Алексе́евич, IPA: [ˈpʲɵtr ɐlʲɪˈksʲejɪvʲɪtɕ]; 9 June [O.S. 30 May] 1672 – 8 February [O.S. 28 January] 1725)[a] ruled the Tsardom of Russia
Tsardom of Russia
and later the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
from 7 May (O.S. 27 April) 1682 until his death in 1725, jointly ruling before 1696 with his elder half-brother, Ivan V. Through a number of successful wars, he expanded the Tsardom into a much larger empire that became a major European power. He led a cultural revolution that replaced some of the traditionalist and medieval social and political systems with ones that were modern, scientific, Westernised
Westernised
and based on the Enlightenment.[1] Peter's reforms made a lasting impact on Russia, and many institutions of Russian government trace their origins to his reign.

Contents

1 Title 2 Life

2.1 Early years 2.2 Early reign 2.3 Grand Embassy 2.4 Great Northern War 2.5 Later years 2.6 Religion

3 Marriages and family

3.1 Issue 3.2 Death 3.3 Ancestors

4 Popular culture 5 See also 6 Notes

6.1 Footnotes 6.2 Citations

7 References

7.1 In Russian

8 Further reading 9 External links 10 Further reading

Title The imperial title of Peter the Great
Peter the Great
was the following:[2]

By the grace of God, the most excellent and great sovereign prince Pyotr Alekseevich the ruler of all the Russias: of Moscow, of Kiev, of Vladimir, of Novgorod, Tsar
Tsar
of Kazan, Tsar
Tsar
of Astrakhan
Astrakhan
and Tsar
Tsar
of Siberia, sovereign of Pskov, great prince of Smolensk, Tversk, Yugorsk, Permsky, Vyatsky, Bulgarsky and others, sovereign and great prince of Novgorod
Novgorod
Nizovsky lands, Chernigovsky, of Ryazan, of Rostov, Yaroslavl, Belozersky, Udorsky, Kondiisky and the sovereign of all the northern lands, and the sovereign of the Iverian lands, of the Kartlian and Georgian Kings, of the Kabardin lands, of the Circassian and Mountain princes and many other states and lands western and eastern here and there and the successor and sovereign and ruler.

Life Early years Named after the apostle, and described as a newborn as "with good health, his mother's black, vaguely Tatar
Tatar
eyes, and a tuft of auburn hair",[3] from an early age Peter's education (commissioned by his father, Tsar
Tsar
Alexis of Russia) was put in the hands of several tutors, most notably Nikita Zotov, Patrick Gordon, and Paul Menesius. On 29 January 1676, Tsar
Tsar
Alexis died, leaving the sovereignty to Peter's elder half-brother, the weak and sickly Feodor III of Russia. Throughout this period, the government was largely run by Artamon Matveev, an enlightened friend of Alexis, the political head of the Naryshkin family
Naryshkin family
and one of Peter's greatest childhood benefactors. This position changed when Feodor died in 1682. As Feodor did not leave any children, a dispute arose between the Miloslavsky family ( Maria Miloslavskaya
Maria Miloslavskaya
was the first wife of Alexis I) and Naryshkin family ( Natalya Naryshkina
Natalya Naryshkina
was the second wife) over who should inherit the throne. Peter's other half-brother, Ivan V of Russia, was next in line for the throne, but he was chronically ill and of infirm mind. Consequently, the Boyar
Boyar
Duma (a council of Russian nobles) chose the 10-year-old Peter to become Tsar
Tsar
with his mother as regent.

Peter the Great
Peter the Great
as a child

This arrangement was brought before the people of Moscow, as ancient tradition demanded, and was ratified. Sophia Alekseyevna, one of Alexis' daughters from his first marriage, led a rebellion of the Streltsy
Streltsy
(Russia's elite military corps) in April–May 1682. In the subsequent conflict some of Peter's relatives and friends were murdered, including Matveev, and Peter witnessed some of these acts of political violence.[4] The Streltsy
Streltsy
made it possible for Sophia, the Miloslavskys (the clan of Ivan) and their allies to insist that Peter and Ivan be proclaimed joint Tsars, with Ivan being acclaimed as the senior. Sophia acted as regent during the minority of the sovereigns and exercised all power. For seven years, she ruled as an autocrat. A large hole was cut in the back of the dual-seated throne used by Ivan and Peter. Sophia would sit behind the throne and listen as Peter conversed with nobles, while feeding him information and giving him responses to questions and problems. This throne can be seen in the Kremlin Armoury
Kremlin Armoury
in Moscow. Peter was not particularly concerned that others ruled in his name. He engaged in such pastimes as shipbuilding and sailing, as well as mock battles with his toy army. Peter's mother sought to force him to adopt a more conventional approach and arranged his marriage to Eudoxia Lopukhina in 1689.[5] The marriage was a failure, and ten years later Peter forced his wife to become a nun and thus freed himself from the union. By the summer of 1689, Peter, then age 17, planned to take power from his half-sister Sophia, whose position had been weakened by two unsuccessful Crimean campaigns. When she learned of his designs, Sophia conspired with the leaders of the Streltsy, who continually aroused disorder and dissent. Peter, warned by the Streltsy, escaped in the middle of the night to the impenetrable monastery of Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra; there he slowly gathered adherents who perceived he would win the power struggle. Sophia was eventually overthrown, with Peter I and Ivan V continuing to act as co-tsars. Peter forced Sophia to enter a convent, where she gave up her name and her position as a member of the royal family. Still, Peter could not acquire actual control over Russian affairs. Power was instead exercised by his mother, Natalya Naryshkina. It was only when Natalya died in 1694 that Peter, now age 22, became an independent sovereign.[6] Formally, Ivan V remained a co-ruler with Peter, although he was ineffective. Peter became the sole ruler when Ivan died in 1696. Peter was 24 years old. Peter grew to be extremely tall as an adult, especially for the time period. Standing at 6 ft 8 in (203 cm) in height, the Russian tsar was literally head and shoulders above his contemporaries both in Russia
Russia
and throughout Europe.[6] Peter, however, lacked the overall proportional heft and bulk generally found in a man that size. Both his hands and feet were small,[7][citation needed] and his shoulders were narrow for his height; likewise, his head was small for his tall body. Added to this were Peter's noticeable facial tics, and he may have suffered from petit mal, a form of epilepsy.[8] Early reign

Capture of Azov, 1696, by Robert Ker Porter

Peter implemented sweeping reforms aimed at modernizing Russia.[9] Heavily influenced by his advisors from Western Europe, Peter reorganized the Russian army along modern lines and dreamed of making Russia
Russia
a maritime power. He faced much opposition to these policies at home but brutally suppressed rebellions against his authority, including by the Streltsy, Bashkirs, Astrakhan, and the greatest civil uprising of his reign, the Bulavin Rebellion. Peter implemented social modernization in an absolute manner by introducing French and western dress to his court and requiring courtiers, state officials, and the military to shave their beards and adopt modern clothing styles.[10] One means of achieving this end was the introduction of taxes for long beards and robes in September 1698.[11] To improve his nation's position on the seas, Peter sought to gain more maritime outlets. His only outlet at the time was the White Sea at Arkhangelsk. The Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
was at the time controlled by Sweden
Sweden
in the north, while the Black Sea
Black Sea
and the Caspian Sea
Caspian Sea
were controlled by the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and Safavid Empire
Safavid Empire
respectively in the south. Peter attempted to acquire control of the Black Sea, which would require expelling the Tatars
Tatars
from the surrounding areas. As part of an agreement with Poland
Poland
that ceded Kiev
Kiev
to Russia, Peter was forced to wage war against the Crimean Khan and against the Khan's overlord, the Ottoman Sultan. Peter's primary objective became the capture of the Ottoman fortress of Azov, near the Don River. In the summer of 1695 Peter organized the Azov campaigns
Azov campaigns
to take the fortress, but his attempts ended in failure. Peter returned to Moscow
Moscow
in November 1695 and began building a large navy. He launched about thirty ships against the Ottomans in 1696, capturing Azov
Azov
in July of that year. On 12 September 1698, Peter officially founded the first Russian Navy
Russian Navy
base, Taganrog. Grand Embassy Main article: Grand Embassy of Peter the Great

Peter the Great
Peter the Great
statue in Taganrog, by Mark Antokolski

Peter knew that Russia
Russia
could not face the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
alone. In 1697 he traveled "incognito" to Western Europe on an 18-month journey with a large Russian delegation–the so-called "Grand Embassy". He used a fake name, allowing him to escape social and diplomatic events, but since he was far taller than most others, he did not fool anyone of importance. One goal was to seek the aid of European monarchs, but Peter's hopes were dashed. France was a traditional ally of the Ottoman Sultan, and Austria
Austria
was eager to maintain peace in the east while conducting its own wars in the west. Peter, furthermore, had chosen an inopportune moment: the Europeans at the time were more concerned about the War of Spanish Succession
War of Spanish Succession
over who would succeed the childless King Charles II of Spain
Charles II of Spain
than about fighting the Ottoman Sultan.[5] The "Grand Embassy" continued nevertheless. While visiting the Netherlands, Peter learned much about life in Western Europe. He studied shipbuilding in Zaandam
Zaandam
(the house he lived in is now a museum, the Czar Peter House) and Amsterdam, where he visited, among others, the upper-class de Wilde family. Jacob de Wilde, a collector-general with the Admiralty of Amsterdam, had a well-known collection of art and coins, and de Wilde's daughter Maria de Wilde made an engraving of the meeting between Peter and her father, providing visual evidence of "the beginning of the West European classical tradition in Russia".[12] According to Roger Tavernier, Peter the Great
Peter the Great
later acquired de Wilde's collection.[13] Thanks to the mediation of Nicolaes Witsen, mayor of Amsterdam
Amsterdam
and expert on Russia, the Tsar
Tsar
was given the opportunity to gain practical experience in the largest shipyard in the world, belonging to the Dutch East India Company, for a period of four months. The Tsar
Tsar
helped with the construction of an East Indiaman
East Indiaman
especially laid down for him: Peter and Paul. During his stay the Tsar
Tsar
engaged many skilled workers such as builders of locks, fortresses, shipwrights, and seamen—including Cornelis Cruys, a vice-admiral who became, under Franz Lefort, the Tsar's advisor in maritime affairs. Peter later put his knowledge of shipbuilding to use in helping build Russia's navy.[14]

Portrait of Peter I by Godfrey Kneller, 1698. This portrait was Peter's gift to the King of England.

Peter paid a visit to Frederik Ruysch, who taught him how to draw teeth and catch butterflies. Ludolf Bakhuysen, a painter of seascapes. Jan van der Heyden, the inventor of the fire hose, received Peter, who was keen to learn and pass on his knowledge to his countrymen. On 16 January 1698 Peter organized a farewell party and invited Johan Huydecoper van Maarsseveen, who had to sit between Lefort and the Tsar and drink. In England Peter met with King William III, visited Greenwich
Greenwich
and Oxford, posed for Sir Godfrey Kneller, and saw a Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Fleet Review at Deptford. He studied the English techniques of city-building he would later use to great effect at Saint Petersburg. The Embassy next went to Leipzig, Dresden, and Vienna. He spoke with Augustus II the Strong and Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor.[15] Peter's visit was cut short in 1698, when he was forced to rush home by a rebellion of the Streltsy. The rebellion was easily crushed before Peter returned home from England; of the Tsar's troops, only one was killed. Peter nevertheless acted ruthlessly towards the mutineers. Over 1,200 of the rebels were tortured and executed, and Peter ordered that their bodies be publicly exhibited as a warning to future conspirators.[16] The Streltsy
Streltsy
were disbanded, and the individual they sought to put on the Throne—Peter's half-sister Sophia—was forced to become a nun. In 1698 Peter sent a delegation to Malta, under boyar Boris Sheremetev, to observe the training and abilities of the Knights of Malta
Malta
and their fleet. Sheremetev investigated the possibility of future joint ventures with the Knights, including action against the Turks and the possibility of a future Russian naval base.[17] Peter's visits to the West impressed upon him the notion that European customs were in several respects superior to Russian traditions. He commanded all of his courtiers and officials to wear European clothing and cut off their long beards, causing his Boyars, who were very fond of their beards, great upset.[18] Boyars who sought to retain their beards were required to pay an annual beard tax of one hundred rubles. Peter also sought to end arranged marriages, which were the norm among the Russian nobility, because he thought such a practice was barbaric and led to domestic violence, since the partners usually resented each other.[19] In 1699 Peter changed the date of the celebration of the new year from 1 September to 1 January. Traditionally, the years were reckoned from the purported creation of the World, but after Peter's reforms, they were to be counted from the birth of Christ. Thus, in the year 7207 of the old Russian calendar, Peter proclaimed that the Julian Calendar was in effect and the year was 1700.[20] Great Northern War Main article: Great Northern War Peter made a temporary peace with the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
that allowed him to keep the captured fort of Azov, and turned his attention to Russian maritime supremacy. He sought to acquire control of the Baltic Sea, which had been taken by the Swedish Empire
Swedish Empire
a half-century earlier. Peter declared war on Sweden, which was at the time led by the young King Charles XII. Sweden
Sweden
was also opposed by Denmark–Norway, Saxony, and the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Peter I of Russia
Peter I of Russia
pacifies his marauding troops after retaking Narva in 1704, by Nikolay Sauerweid, 1859

Russia
Russia
was ill-prepared to fight the Swedes, and their first attempt at seizing the Baltic coast ended in disaster at the Battle of Narva in 1700. In the conflict, the forces of Charles XII, rather than employ a slow methodical siege, attacked immediately using a blinding snowstorm to their advantage. After the battle, Charles XII decided to concentrate his forces against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which gave Peter time to reorganize the Russian army. While the Poles fought the Swedes, Peter founded the city of Saint Petersburg in 1703, in Ingermanland (a province of the Swedish Empire that he had captured). It was named after his patron saint Saint Peter. He forbade the building of stone edifices outside Saint Petersburg, which he intended to become Russia's capital, so that all stonemasons could participate in the construction of the new city. Between 1713 and 1728 and in 1732–1918, Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
was the capital of imperial Russia.

Peter the Great
Peter the Great
Meditating the Idea of Building St Petersburg at the Shore of the Baltic Sea, by Alexandre Benois, 1916

Following several defeats, Polish King Augustus II the Strong abdicated in 1706. Swedish king Charles XII turned his attention to Russia, invading it in 1708. After crossing into Russia, Charles defeated Peter at Golovchin in July. In the Battle of Lesnaya, Charles suffered his first loss after Peter crushed a group of Swedish reinforcements marching from Riga. Deprived of this aid, Charles was forced to abandon his proposed march on Moscow.[21] Charles XII refused to retreat to Poland
Poland
or back to Sweden
Sweden
and instead invaded Ukraine. Peter withdrew his army southward, employing scorched earth, destroying along the way anything that could assist the Swedes. Deprived of local supplies, the Swedish army was forced to halt its advance in the winter of 1708–1709. In the summer of 1709, they resumed their efforts to capture Ukraine, culminating in the Battle of Poltava on 27 June. The battle was a decisive defeat for the Swedish forces, ending Charles' campaign in Ukraine
Ukraine
and forcing him south to seek refuge in the Ottoman Empire. Russia
Russia
had defeated what was considered to be one of the world's best militaries, and the victory overturned the view that Russia
Russia
was militarily incompetent. In Poland, Augustus II was restored as King.

Peter I in the Battle of Poltava, a mosaic by Mikhail Lomonosov

Peter, overestimating the support he would receive from his Balkan allies, attacked the Ottoman Empire, initiating the Russo-Turkish War of 1710.[22] Peter's campaign in the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was disastrous, and in the ensuing Treaty of the Pruth, Peter was forced to return the Black Sea
Black Sea
ports he had seized in 1697.[22] In return, the Sultan expelled Charles XII. Normally, the Boyar
Boyar
Duma would have exercised power during his absence. Peter, however, mistrusted the boyars; he instead abolished the Duma and created a Senate of ten members. The Senate was founded as the highest state institution to supervise all judicial, financial and administrative affairs. Originally established only for the time of the monarch's absence, the Senate became a permanent body after his return. A special high official, the Ober-Procurator, served as the link between the ruler and the senate and acted, in Peter own words, as "the sovereign's eye". Without his signature no Senate decision could go into effect; the Senate became one of the most important institutions of Imperial Russia.[23]

Peter I, by Carel de Moor, 1717

Peter's northern armies took the Swedish province of Livonia
Livonia
(the northern half of modern Latvia, and the southern half of modern Estonia), driving the Swedes into Finland. In 1714 the Russian fleet won the Battle of Gangut. Most of Finland was occupied by the Russians. In 1716 and 1717, the Tsar
Tsar
revisited the Netherlands and went to see Herman Boerhaave. He continued his travel to the Austrian Netherlands and France. Peter obtained the assistance of the Electorate of Hanover and the Kingdom of Prussia. The Tsar's navy was powerful enough that the Russians could penetrate Sweden. Still, Charles XII refused to yield, and not until his death in battle in 1718 did peace become feasible. After the battle near Åland, Sweden
Sweden
made peace with all powers but Russia
Russia
by 1720. In 1721 the Treaty of Nystad
Treaty of Nystad
ended the Great Northern War. Russia
Russia
acquired Ingria, Estonia, Livonia, and a substantial portion of Karelia. In turn, Russia
Russia
paid two million Riksdaler
Riksdaler
and surrendered most of Finland. The Tsar
Tsar
retained some Finnish lands close to Saint Petersburg, which he had made his capital in 1712.[24] Later years

Diamond order of Peter the Great

Monument to Peter the carpenter in St. Petersburg

Peter's last years were marked by further reform in Russia. On 22 October 1721, soon after peace was made with Sweden, he was officially proclaimed Emperor
Emperor
of All Russia. Some proposed that he take the title Emperor
Emperor
of the East, but he refused. Gavrila Golovkin, the State Chancellor, was the first to add "the Great, Father of His Country, Emperor
Emperor
of All the Russias" to Peter's traditional title Tsar following a speech by the archbishop of Pskov
Pskov
in 1721. Peter's imperial title was recognized by Augustus II of Poland, Frederick William I of Prussia, and Frederick I of Sweden, but not by the other European monarchs. In the minds of many, the word emperor connoted superiority or pre-eminence over kings. Several rulers feared that Peter would claim authority over them, just as the Holy Roman Emperor had claimed suzerainty over all Christian nations. In 1718 Peter investigated why the formerly Swedish province of Livonia
Livonia
was so orderly. He discovered that the Swedes spent as much administering Livonia
Livonia
(300 times smaller than his empire) as he spent on the entire Russian bureaucracy. He was forced to dismantle the province's government.[25] After 1718, Peter established colleges in place of the old central agencies of government, including foreign affairs, war, navy, expense, income, justice, and inspection. Later others were added. Each college consisted of a president, a vice-president, a number of councilors and assessors, and a procurator. Some foreigners were included in various colleges but not as president. Peter believed he did not have enough loyal and talented persons to put in full charge of the various departments. Peter preferred to rely on groups of individuals who would keep check on one another.[26] Decisions depended on the majority vote. In 1722 Peter created a new order of precedence known as the Table of Ranks. Formerly, precedence had been determined by birth. To deprive the Boyars of their high positions, Peter directed that precedence should be determined by merit and service to the Emperor. The Table of Ranks continued to remain in effect until the Russian monarchy was overthrown in 1917. Peter decided that all of the children of the nobility should have some early education, especially in the areas of sciences. Therefore, on 28 February 1714, he issued a decree calling for compulsory education, which dictated that all Russian 10- to 15-year-old children of the nobility, government clerks, and lesser-ranked officials must learn basic mathematics and geometry, and should be tested on the subjects at the end of their studies.[27] The once powerful Persian Safavid Empire
Safavid Empire
to the south was heavily declining. Taking advantage of the profitable situation, Peter launched the Russo-Persian War of 1722-1723, otherwise known as "The Persian Expedition of Peter the Great", which drastically increased Russian influence for the first time in the Caucasus
Caucasus
and Caspian Sea region, and prevented the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
from making territorial gains in the region. After considerable success and the capture of many provinces and cities in the Caucasus
Caucasus
and northern mainland Persia, the Safavids were forced to hand over territory to Russia, comprising Derbent, Shirvan, Gilan, Mazandaran, Baku, and Astrabad. However, within twelve years all the territories would be ceded back to Persia, now led by the charismatic military genius Nader Shah, as part of the Treaties of Resht and Ganja respectively, and the Russo-Persian alliance against the Ottoman Empire, which was the common enemy of both.[28] Peter introduced new taxes to fund improvements in Saint Petersburg. He abolished the land tax and household tax and replaced them with a poll tax. The taxes on land and on households were payable only by individuals who owned property or maintained families; the new head taxes, however, were payable by serfs and paupers. In 1725 the construction of Peterhof, a palace near Saint Petersburg, was completed. Peterhof (Dutch for "Peter's Court") was a grand residence, becoming known as the "Russian Versailles". Religion

The 1782 statue of Peter I in Saint Petersburg, informally known as the Bronze Horseman

Peter was deeply religious, being brought up in the Russian Orthodox faith, but he had low regard for the Church hierarchy, which he kept under tight governmental control. The traditional leader of the Church was the Patriarch of Moscow. In 1700, when the office fell vacant, Peter refused to name a replacement, allowing the Patriarch's Coadjutor (or deputy) to discharge the duties of the office. Peter could not tolerate the patriarch exercising power superior to the Tsar, as indeed had happened in the case of Philaret (1619–33) and Nikon (1652-66). Peter therefore abolished the Patriarchy, replacing it with a Holy Synod
Holy Synod
that was under the control of a senior bureaucrat, and the Tsar
Tsar
appointed all bishops. In 1721 Peter followed the advice of Theophan Prokopovich
Theophan Prokopovich
in designing the Holy Synod
Holy Synod
as a council of ten clergymen. For leadership in the church, Peter turned increasingly to Ukrainians, who were more open to reform, but were not well loved by the Russian clergy. Peter implemented a law that stipulated that no Russian man could join a monastery before the age of 50. He felt that too many able Russian men were being wasted on clerical work when they could be joining his new and improved army.[29][30] A clerical career was not a route chosen by upper-class society. Most parish priests were sons of priests, were very poorly educated, and very poorly paid. The monks in the monasteries had a slightly higher status; they were not allowed to marry. Politically, the church was impotent.[31] Marriages and family

Peter I interrogating his son Alexei, a painting by Nikolai Ge
Nikolai Ge
(1871)

Peter the Great
Peter the Great
had two wives, with whom he had fourteen children, three of whom survived to adulthood. Peter's mother selected his first wife, Eudoxia Lopukhina, with the advice of other nobles in 1689.[32] This was consistent with previous Romanov tradition by choosing a daughter of a minor noble. This was done to prevent fighting between the stronger noble houses and to bring fresh blood into the family.[33] He also had a mistress from Germany, Anna Mons.[32] Upon his return from his European tour in 1698, Peter sought to end his unhappy marriage. He divorced the Tsaritsa
Tsaritsa
and forced her to join a convent.[32] The Tsaritsa
Tsaritsa
had borne Peter three children, although only one, Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich
Tsarevich
of Russia, had survived past his childhood. He took Martha Skavronskaya, a peasant, as a mistress some time between 1702 and 1704.[34] Martha converted to the Russian Orthodox Church and took the name Catherine.[35] Though no record exists, Catherine and Peter are described as having married secretly between 23 Oct and 1 Dec 1707 in St. Petersburg.[36] Peter valued Catherine and married her again (this time officially) at Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
on 9 February 1712. His eldest child and heir, Alexei, was suspected of being involved in a plot to overthrow the Emperor. Alexei was tried and confessed under torture during questioning conducted by a secular court. He was convicted and sentenced to be executed. The sentence could be carried out only with Peter's signed authorization, and Alexei died in prison, as Peter hesitated before making the decision. Alexei's death most likely resulted from injuries suffered during his torture.[37] Alexei's mother Eudoxia had also been punished; she was dragged from her home and tried on false charges of adultery. A similar fate befell Peter's earlier mistress, Anna Mons, in 1704. In 1724 Peter had his second wife, Catherine, crowned as Empress, although he remained Russia's actual ruler. All of Peter's male children had died. Issue By his two wives, he had fourteen children. These included three sons named Pavel and three sons named Peter, all of whom died in infancy.

Name Birth Death Notes

By Eudoxia Lopukhina

Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich
Tsarevich
of Russia 18 February 1690[38] 26 June 1718,[38] age 28 Married 1711, Charlotte Christine of Brunswick-Lüneburg; had issue

Alexander Petrovich 13 October 1691 14 May 1692, age 7 months  

Pavel Petrovich 1693 1693  

By Catherine I

Peter Petrovich 1704[38] in infancy[38] Born and died before the official marriage of his parents

Paul Petrovich 1705[38] in infancy[38] Born and died before the official marriage of his parents

Catherine Petrovna Dec 1706[38] Jun 1708,[38] age 18 months Born and died before the official marriage of her parents

Anna Petrovna 27 January 1708 15 May 1728, age 20 Married 1725, Karl Friedrich, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp; had issue

Yelisaveta Petrovna, later Empress
Empress
Elizabeth 29 December 1709 5 January 1762, age 52 Reputedly married 1742, Alexei Grigorievich, Count Razumovsky; no issue

Maria Petrovna 20 March 1713 27 May 1715, age 2  

Margarita Petrovna 19 September 1714 7 June 1715, age 9 months  

Peter Petrovich 15 November 1715 19 April 1719, age 3  

Pavel Petrovich 13 January 1717 14 January 1717, age 1 day  

Natalia Petrovna 31 August 1718 15 March 1725, age 6  

Peter Petrovich 7 October 1723 7 October 1723, born and died same day  

Death

Peter the Great
Peter the Great
on his deathbed, by Nikitin

In the winter of 1723, Peter, whose overall health was never robust, began having problems with his urinary tract and bladder. In the summer of 1724 a team of doctors performed surgery releasing upwards of four pounds of blocked urine. Peter remained bedridden until late autumn. In the first week of October, restless and certain he was cured, Peter began a lengthy inspection tour of various projects. According to legend, in November, at Lakhta along the Finnish Gulf to inspect some ironworks, Peter saw a group of soldiers drowning near shore and, wading out into near-waist deep water, came to their rescue.[39] This icy water rescue is said to have exacerbated Peter's bladder problems and caused his death. The story, however, has been viewed with skepticism by some historians, pointing out that the German chronicler Jacob von Stählin is the only source for the story, and it seems unlikely that no one else would have documented such an act of heroism. This, plus the interval of time between these actions and Peter's death seems to preclude any direct link. In early January 1725, Peter was struck once again with uremia. Legend has it that before lapsing into unconsciousness Peter asked for a paper and pen and scrawled an unfinished note that read: "Leave all to ..." and then, exhausted by the effort, asked for his daughter Anna to be summoned.[b] Peter died between four and five in the morning 8 February 1725. An autopsy revealed his bladder to be infected with gangrene.[8] He was fifty-two years, seven months old when he died, having reigned forty-two years. Ancestors

Ancestors of Peter the Great

16. Nikita Romanovich

8. Feodor Nikitich Romanov

17. Varvara Ivanovna Khovrina

4. Michael I of Russia

9. Kseniya Shestova

2. Alexis of Russia

10. Lukyan Stepanovich Streshnyov

5. Eudoxia Streshneva

22. Konstantin Romanovich Volkonsky

11. Anna Konstantinovna Volkonskaya

1. Peter I of Russia

12. Poluekt Ivanovich Naryshkin

6. Kirill Poluektovich Naryshkin

3. Natalya Naryshkina

14. Leonti Dmitrievich Leontiev

7.Anna Lvovna Leontieva

15. Praskovia Ivanovna Raevskaya

Popular culture

The tomb of Peter the Great
Peter the Great
in Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter has been featured in many books, plays, films, and games, including the poems The Bronze Horseman, Poltava and the unfinished novel The Moor of Peter the Great, all by Alexander Pushkin. The former dealt with a The Bronze Horseman, an equestrian statue raised in Peter's honour. Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy
wrote a biographical historical novel about him, named Pëtr I, in the 1930s.

The 1922 German silent film Peter the Great
Peter the Great
directed by Dimitri Buchowetzki and starring Emil Jannings
Emil Jannings
as Peter The 1937-1938 Soviet Union (Russia) film Peter the First The 1976 film Skaz pro to, kak tsar Pyotr arapa zhenil
Skaz pro to, kak tsar Pyotr arapa zhenil
(How Tsar
Tsar
Peter the Great Married Off His Moor), starring Aleksey Petrenko
Aleksey Petrenko
as Peter, and Vladimir Vysotsky
Vladimir Vysotsky
as Abram Petrovich Gannibal, shows Peter's attempt to build the Baltic Fleet. The 2007 film The Sovereign's Servant
The Sovereign's Servant
depicts the unsavoury brutal side of Peter during the campaign. Peter was played by Jan Niklas and Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
in the 1986 NBC miniseries Peter the Great. A character based on Peter plays a major role in The Age of Unreason, a series of four alternate history novels written by American science fiction and fantasy author Gregory Keyes. Peter is one of many supporting characters in Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle
Baroque Cycle
– mainly featuring in the third novel, The System of the World. Peter was portrayed on BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
by Isaac Rouse as a boy, Will Howard as a young adult and Elliot Cowan as an adult in the radio plays Peter the Great: The Gamblers[40] and Peter the Great: The Queen of Spades,[41] written by Mike Walker and which were the last two plays in the first series of Tsar. The plays were broadcast on 25 September and 2 October 2016.

See also

Biography portal Russia
Russia
portal Russian Empire
Russian Empire
portal Monarchy portal

Government reform of Peter the Great History of the administrative division of Russia Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy, a Russian Navy
Russian Navy
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Notes Footnotes

^ Dates indicated by the letters "O.S." are in the Julian calendar with the start of year adjusted to 1 January. All other dates in this article are in Gregorian calendar
Gregorian calendar
(see Adoption of the Gregorian calendar#Adoption in Eastern Europe). ^ The 'Leave all ..." story first appears in H-F de Bassewitz Russkii arkhiv 3 (1865). Russian historian E.V. Anisimov contends that Bassewitz's aim was to convince readers that Anna, not Empress Catherine, was Peter's intended heir.

Citations

^ Cracraft 2003. ^ Лакиер А. Б. §66. Надписи вокруг печати. Соответствие их с государевым титулом. // Русская геральдика. — СПб., 1855 ^ Robert K. Massie, Peter the Great: His Life and World, Random House Publishing Group (2012), p. 22 ^ Riasanovsky 2000, p. 214. ^ a b Riasanovsky 2000, p. 218. ^ a b Riasanovsky 2000, p. 216. ^ Merriman, John (2008-09-15). " Peter the Great
Peter the Great
and the Territorial Expansion of Russia". Retrieved 2018-02-16.  ^ a b Hughes 2007, p. 179-182. ^ Evgenii V. Anisimov, The Reforms of Peter the Great: Progress Through Violence in Russia
Russia
(Routledge, 2015) ^ Riasanovsky 2000, p. 221. ^ Abbott, Peter (1902). "Peter the Great". Project Gutenberg online edition.  ^ Wes 1992, p. 14. ^ Tavernier 2006, p. 349. ^ Farquhar 2001, p. 176. ^ Massie 1980, p. 191. ^ Riasanovsky 2000, p. 220. ^ "Russian Grand Priory — Timeline". 2004. Archived from the original on 8 February 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2008.  ^ O.L. D'Or. " Russia
Russia
as an Empire". The Moscow
Moscow
News weekly. pp. , Russian. Archived from the original (PHP) on 3 June 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2008.  ^ Dmytryshyn 1974, p. 21. ^ Oudard 1929, p. 197. ^ Massie 1980, p. 453. ^ a b Riasanovsky 2000, p. 224. ^ A History of the Modern World & R.R Palmer 1992, pp. 242–243 ^ Cracraft 2003, p. 37. ^ Pipes 1974, p. 281. ^ Palmer 1992, p. 245 ^ Dmytryshyn 1974, p. 10-11. ^ Lee 2013, p. 31. ^ Dmytryshyn 1974, p. 18. ^ James Cracraft, The church reform of Peter the Great
Peter the Great
(1971). ^ Lindsey Hughes, Russia
Russia
in the Age of Peter the Great
Peter the Great
(1998) pp 332-56. ^ a b c Hughes 2004, p. 134. ^ Hughes 2004, p. 133. ^ Hughes 2004, p. 131,134. ^ Hughes 2004, p. 131. ^ Hughes 2004, p. 136. ^ Massie 1980, p. 76,377,707. ^ a b c d e f g h Hughes 2004, p. 135. ^ Nisbet 1905. ^ BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
- Drama, Tsar, Peter the Great: The Gamblers ^ BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
- Drama, Tsar, Peter the Great: Queen of Spades

References

Anisimov, Evgenii V. (2015) The Reforms of Peter the Great: Progress Through Violence in Russia
Russia
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Peter the Great
and his pupils. Cambridge UP. Archived from the original on 26 May 2007.  Bushkovitch, Paul (2003). Peter the Great. Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 0847696391.  Bushkovitch, Paul (2001). Peter the Great: The Struggle for Power, 1671–1725. Cambridge UP.  Bushkovitch, Paul A. (January 1990). "The Epiphany Ceremony of the Russian Court in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries". Russian Review. 49 (1): 1–17. doi:10.2307/130080. JSTOR 130080.  Cracraft, James (2003). The Revolution of Peter the Great. Harvard UP.  Dmytryshyn, Basil (1974). Modernization of Russia
Russia
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In Russian

(in Russian) Brickner Alexander Gustavovich. (1902–1903) An Illustrated History of Peter the Great (Иллюстрированная история Петра Великого) at Runivers.ru
Runivers.ru
in DjVu and PDF
PDF
formats

Further reading

Anderson, M. S. " Russia
Russia
under Peter the Great
Peter the Great
and the changed relations of East and West." in J.S. Bromley, ed., The New Cambridge Modern History: VI: 1688-1715 (1970) pp 716–740. Anisimov, Evgenii V. The Reforms of Peter the Great: Progress through Coercion in Russia
Russia
(1993) online Bushkovitch, Paul. Peter the Great: The Struggle for Power, 1671-1725 (2001) online Cracraft, James. The Revolution of Peter the Great
Peter the Great
(2003) online Oliva, Lawrence Jay. ed. Russia
Russia
in the era of Peter the Great
Peter the Great
(1969), excerpts from primary and secondary sources two week borrowing Raef, Mark, ed. Peter the Great, Reformer or Revolutionary? (1963) excerpts from scholars and primary sources online Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, David, and Bruce W. Menning, eds. Reforming the Tsar's Army - Military Innovation in Imperial Russia from Peter the Great
Peter the Great
to the Revolution (Cambridge UP, 2004) 361 pp. scholarly essays

External links

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