If it isn’t already obvious, Ivan the Terrible is often depicted in art, created a long time after his tenure as Tsar, as a scouring, awful, cruel …
Why Was Ivan The Terrible So Terrible? Who Was The Feared Russian Tsar?
One of Russian history's greatest rulers, Ivan the Terrible is often depicted in art as a cruel tyrant, but his nickname in Russian means awe-inspiring — not bad. So what was so terrible about this impressive Russian leader?