1. Ivan the Terrible
Tsar Ivan Vasilievich the Terrible, 1897 by Victor Vasnetsov. Source: State Tretyakov Gallery
Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584) is remembered in Russian history not only as a harsh ruler who fought against feudal fragmentation and unified the nation, but also as a ruler with a record number of wives. Historians are not certain as to the exact number – three, or possibly four, of his marriages were recognized by the Orthodox Church. In addition, Ivan had three more de facto wives with whom he did not have a church wedding, not to mention numerous mistresses.
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Source: Russia Beyond The Headlines