Peter the Great: Emperor of All Russia

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CHAPTER IV
The Regency of Sofia 1682

ON her proclamation as regent, Sofia at once appointed Prince Vasily Golitsyn to the highest office. He was born of a great noble family, lived in magnificence, and by Muscovite standards he was highly educated. He belonged to the small group of forerunners who looked to the West for guidance. Sofia had met him at the sick bed of her brother and had fallen wildly in love with him.1 Their partnership now seemed full of promise for Russia, but it was to prove neither fruitful nor lasting.

Sofia soon found that supreme power eluded her. She had assumed that she could keep the streltsi under her control and, mistakenly, she relied on Khovansky. As commander of the streltsi he now became the channel between them and the government, and he held the real power in the land. At a meeting of the Council of Boyars he boasted, "I am the one who holds up the throne and, if it weren't for me, the people of Moscow would be up to their knees in blood."2 At court and throughout the city he was hated, but the streltsi followed him.

Realizing the insecurity of her position Sofia turned to the landowning gentry, the men of service, on whom her grandfather, Tsar Mikhail, and her father had relied for support. And so on 19 August 1682, with the two Tsars and the court, she left the Kremlin for Kolomenskoe. She then sent couriers into the provinces, alleging a plot by Khovansky and his son to kill the Tsars, and calling on boyars and gentry to rally to their defence with men and arms.

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