Ivan VI

Ivan VI,

1740–64, czar of Russia (1740–41), great-grandson of Ivan V. He was the son of Prince Anthony Ulric of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and of Anna LeopoldovnaAnna Leopoldovna
or Anna Karlovna
, 1718–46, duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, regent of Russia (1740–41); daughter of Charles Leopold, duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and of Catherine, sister of Czarina Anna of Russia.
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. An infant, he succeeded his great-aunt, Czarina Anna, on the Russian throne under the unpopular regency of his mother. In 1741, ElizabethElizabeth,
1709–62, czarina of Russia (1741–62), daughter of Peter I and Catherine I. She gained the throne by overthrowing the young czar, Ivan VI, and the regency of his mother, Anna Leopoldovna.
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, daughter of Peter I (Peter the Great), overthrew Anna Leopoldovna's regime and became czarina. Ivan grew up in solitary confinement. An attempt by a young officer to liberate him and make him czar resulted in his murder in the fortress of Schlüsselburg, according to standing instructions given by Czarina Catherine II.
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Anna appointed her three-month-old grand nephew, to succeed her as Ivan VI, and his mother, also named Anna, became regent.
And Elizabeth herself, whose early life history bears a curious resemblance to that of Elizabeth Tudor, actually donned a breastplate and led a detachment of Guards to arrest the sleeping regents and the infant emperor Ivan VI on the night of November 25th, 1741.
The 11 entries were written by Russian historians, mostly of the younger generation, and each interprets a separate reign, beginning with the first emperor, Peter the Great (1682-1725), and ending with the last, Nicholas II (1894-1917); only the minor monarchs--Catherine I (1725-1727), Peter II (1727-1730), and Ivan VI (1740-1741)--are omitted.