False Dmitriy

False Dmitriy (Russian: Лжедмитрий, Lžedmitrij) is a term that refers to the pretenders to the Russian throne during the Time of Troubles who claimed to be Tsarevich Dmitry Ivanovich of Russia, the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, after the real Dmitriy's death at the age of eight. These impostors claimed to have miraculously escaped the assassination attempt that appeared to have claimed Dmitriy's life. There were several people who claimed to be Dimitriy; the most prominent were the following three:

  • False Dmitriy I, who actually became Tsar of Russia and reigned from 1605 to 1606
  • False Dmitriy II
  • False Dmitriy III

Famous quotes containing the word false:

    He showed me that the lines of a good helve
    Were native to the grain before the knife
    Expressed them, and its curves were no false curves
    Put on it from without.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)