Ivan III of Russia


Ivan III of Russia (Ivan the Great) was the Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia from 1462 to 1505. Ivan III was born in 1440 to Grand Prince Vasily II of Moscow (r. 1425-1462) and his wife, Maria Borovsk (l. c. 1420-1485). He served as co-ruler for his blind father from 1450 until he became regent in 1462.

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  • 1440 - 1505
    Life of Ivan III of Russia.
  • 1446
    Grand Prince Vasily II is attacked and blinded.
  • 1450 - 1462
    Ivan III of Russia is co-ruler and co-regent with his father Grand Prince Vasily II.
  • 1467
    Ivan III's first wife, Maria of Tver, dies.
  • 1471
    Ivan III of Russia marches on Novgorod.
  • 1472
    Ivan III marries Sophia Palaiologina, the niece of the last Byzantine emperor.
  • 1478
    Novgorod falls to Ivan III of Russia.
  • 1480
    Khan Ahmed bin Küchük signs a treaty with Polish-Lithuanian Casimir IV.
  • 1480
    The Golden Horde and the Russian army meet on the banks of the Ugra River.
  • 1485
    Tver falls to Ivan III of Russia.
  • 1497
    The Code of Laws (Sudebnik), Russia's first standardised legal system, is created.
  • 1503
    The treaty between Russia and Lithuania is reinstated after years of conflict.