Maria <I>Miloslavsky</I> Romanov


Maria Miloslavsky Romanov

Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Death 18 Aug 1669 (aged 45)
Moscow Federal City, Russia
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Memorial ID 203424148 View Source
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Russian Royalty. She was a Russian tsaritsa as the first spouse of Tsar Alexis I of Russia. She was the mother of Tsar Feodor III of Russia, Tsar Ivan V of Russia, and the princess regent Sophia Alekseyevna. She was a younger daughter of the noble Ilya Danilovich Miloslavsky (d. 1668) and Ekaterina Fedorovna Miloslavskaya (Narbekova). In 1647, Tsar Alexis I of Russia reached the age required for marriage. He was to choose his bride from a bride-show of hundreds of daughters of the nobility, who were summoned to the imperial court for selection. During the selection ceremony,the Tsar chose Euphemia Fedorovna Vsevolozhskaya by presenting her with a handkerchief and a ring as a symbol of their engagement. A courtier was bribed by a relative and supporter Boris Morozov to make Vsevolozhskaya faint; he then bribed a court physician to diagnose her with epilepsy. This disqualified Vsevolozhskaya as Tsaritsa and resulted in both her and her father to be exiled accused of attempting to hide her illness from the Tsar, and thus the first choice of the Tsar was annulled. Maria Miloslavskaya was selected as the Tsar's second choice. She was reportedly a beauty, and was declared perfectly healthy after an examination by a court physician. The wedding was conducted in 16 January 1648 in Moscow. Upon the advise of the Tsar's confessor, the wedding was a very somber ceremony, excluding all music, games and other festivities except for religious singing, to follow the wish of the famously ascetic Patriarch Joseph of Moscow. Ten days after the wedding, Boris Morozov married Maria's sister Anna Miloslavskaya, making him brother-in-law to the tsar and strengthening his power at court. Her father, additionally, was made boyar and became one of the most influential power holders at court, making the Miloslavsky family a key power clan at the Russian court during Maria's tenure as tsaritsa. She fulfilled her expected role both in regard to charity and religion. She engaged in charity public donations to the Moscow city hospitals for the poor sick and disabled, and supported the work of Fyodor Rtishchev. She acted as the protector of the cult of Mary of Egypt, and favored the Sretensky Monastery (Moscow). In 1651-1652, she commissioned an icon to the monastery. The saint favored by Maria was eventually to be regarded as a patron saint of the Romanov dynasty. She died of fever after having given birth to her 13th child. Originally interred at the Ascension Convent in Moscow, her remains were later relocated to the Ascension Church at Kolomenskoye, then in 1929 they were relocated to the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael where her husband in interred.

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  • Added: 30 Sep 2019
  • Find a Grave Memorial 203424148
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maria Miloslavsky Romanov (1 Apr 1624–18 Aug 1669), Find a Grave Memorial ID 203424148, citing Cathedral of the Archangel, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia ; Maintained by William Bjornstad (contributor 47016546) .