a family of princes and boyars in Russia from the 15th to 17th centuries; a branch (descended from Alexander Nevsky’s son Andrei) of the line of princes of Nizhny Novgorod and Suzdal’.

The founder of the elder Shuiskii line was Prince Iurii, a son of Prince Vasilii Dmitrievich Kirdiapa. Iurii’s sons were the princes Vasilii Iur’evich and Fedor Iur’evich, each of whom founded one branch of the elder Shuiskii line. A third branch, the Skopin-Shuiskii family, was founded by Iurii’s grandson Prince Vasilii Vasil’evich Blednyi-Shuiskii; the branch came to an end in 1610 with the death of Prince Mikhail Vasil’evich Skopin-Shuiskii.

Among the best-known descendants of Prince Vasilii Iur’evich were Prince Andrei Mikhailovich (date of birth unknown; died 1589), who became a boyar in 1538 and head of the Shuiskii party in 1542, and Prince Andrei Ivanovich (date of birth unknown; died 1589), who became a boyar in 1584 and took part in the palace struggle of the mid-1580’s. Other noteworthy descendants included two brothers of Andrei Ivanovich—the Russian tsar Vasilii Ivanovich Shuiskii and Prince Dmitrii Ivanovich, who was named a boyar in 1586. With the death of Prince Ivan Ivanovich in 1638, all lines of the Shuiskii family in Russia came to an end.

The best-known descendants of Prince Fedor Iur’evich in the 16th century were Prince Vasilii Vasil’evich Nemoi-Shuiskii (date of birth unknown; died October 1538), who became a boyar in 1512 and was the de facto ruler of the country for a few months in 1538; Prince Ivan Vasil’evich (date of birth unknown; died May 1542), who became a boyar in 1532 and was the de facto ruler of the country from 1538 to 1540 and again in 1542; and Prince Ivan Petrovich (date of birth unknown; died Nov. 16, 1588), who became a boyar in 1574 and led the Pskov Defense of 1581–82.

The founder of the younger Shuiskii line was Prince Iurii’s first cousin Prince Vasilii Semenovich. His first son, Prince Aleksandr Glazatyi, was the progenitor of two branches of the family—the Glazatyi-Shuiskii family, which came to an end in the early 16th century, and the Barbashin-Shuiskii family. Vasilii Semenovich’s second son, Prince Ivan Gorbatyi, founded the Gorbatyi-Shuiskii family in the mid-15th century; the family came to an end in 1565.

The best-known members of the Gorbatyi-Shuiskii family were Prince Mikhail Vasil’evich Gorbatyi-Shuiskii (date of birth unknown; died c. 1535), who became a boyar in 1529, and Prince Aleksandr Borisovich Gorbatyi-Shuiskii (date of birth unknown; died February 1565), who became a boyar in 1544. Prince Aleksandr Borisovich led the Russian troops during the seige of Kazan in 1522 and served as a member of the Selected Council (Izbrannaia Rada).

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Przygrodzki, "Tsar Vasilii Shuiskii, the Staszic Palace, and Nineteenth-Century Russian Politics in Warsaw," in Polish Encounters, Russian Identity, ed.
In Eastern Europe, too, hereditary succession, or the unproblematic survival of dynasties upon the passing of the incumbent, was by no means the norm at the death of monarchs (or rulers invested with similar power), as is shown by the failure of the Godunov and Shuiskii families during the 1600s in Russia, the highly contested Polish successions after the resignation of John Casimir (Jan Kazimierz, 1609-72) in 1668, or, indeed, the efforts of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi (c.
Przygrodzki's "Tsar Vasili Shuiskii, the Staszic Palace, and Nineteenth-Century Russian Politics in Warsaw" discusses the life of Russian emigres in post-1863 Poland.
Most useful is Bussows recollections of the revolt against Tsar Vasilii Shuiskii undertaken by Ivan Bolotnikov and his ragtag bands of supporters.
The Military Register recorded that in 1569/70 Ivan granted General Prince Ivan Petrovich Shuiskii discretion to decide where best to merge his "land" divisions with their oprichnina counterparts.
In reality, Bezobrazov worked for the boyars who wanted to get rid of Dimitrii (the boyar faction included the future tsar Vasilii Shuiskii).
(8) David Budgen, whose 1984 translation of the article is reproduced in the "Tsar and God" collection with only stylistic changes to its scholarly apparatus, rendered samozvanets as "pretender" and samozvanchestvo as "royal imposture." (9) Uspenskii, however, uses the term samozvanets very broadly, to include not only impostors such as the First False Dmitrii and Emel'ian Pugachev but also the (perceived) usurpers Boris Godunov, Vasilii Shuiskii, and Catherine the Great, as well as "mock tsars" like Simeon Bekbulatovich and Fedor Romodanovskii--placed temporarily on the throne by Ivan IV and Peter the Great, respectively.
The author draws attention to the fluctuations in numbers of d'iaki during the tenures of Boris Godunov, the First False Dmitrii, Vasilii Shuiskii, the Second False Dmitrii, Sigismund, and the two national levies.
Bolotnikov's nemesis, the usurper Vasilii Shuiskii, was depicted as a weak and indecisive tyrant who was more foolish than he was malevolent.
The years from 1538 to 1547 are more programmatically known as the period of "boyar rule" or rather "boyar misrule," because the court was dominated by cliques of competing boyars, notably the Bel'skii, Shuiskii, and Vorontsov factions, playing political musical chairs for influence with frequently fatal consequences for the "losers" of each round.
In 1610, he got Tsar Vasilii Shuiskii to confirm the monastery's landed possessions and privileges according to previous royal charters.
Another group of pretenders in the mid-17th century claimed to be sons of Tsar Vasilii Shuiskii (r.