Such were the results of the union of the last of the Caesars with the first of the Tzars.
Sophia, with the tzars, surrounded by an army, returned in triumph to Moscow.
The Tzars political ambitions turned naturally towards the west.
Four other enemies of the Tzars repose suffered by the block; for a fifth was reserved a more ghastly punishment.
The number of unburied corpses was sufficiently great to cause a pestilence, which rounded off the Tzars act of vengeance.
The only obstacle to this ambition was the Tzars brother-in-law, who brooked no competitor for the tzarskie favour.
Wittenstein was captured after a brief resistance, during which the Tzars abiding favourite, Maluta Skouratov, lost his life.
Sophia immediately fled with the two tzars and the princes, to the monastery of the Trinity.
The nobles generally espoused the cause of the tzars under the regency of Sophia.
This young man, the grandson of Peter the Great, was the only prince in whose veins flowed the blood of the tzars.