Marfa Sobakina, Tsar’s Bride
Marfa Sobakina (1552–1571) was the third wife of Ivan the Terrible. Unfortunately, she was his wife for only 15 days. The girl was selected by Ivan among 12 marriage finalists.
Their marriage took place on October 28, 1571 in Aleksandrovska Sloboda and on November 13 (15 days later) Marfa died. There was rumor that she was poisoned.
Ivan was very angry and put to death many of his servants (about 20 people), including Mikail Temjruk (brother to the Tzar’s previous wife) who was impaled. Marfa was buried next to the Tsar’s previous wife – Maria Temrjukovna.
Lev Mey, Russian dramatist and poet, devoted his play Tsar’s Bride (1849) to Marfa. Half a century later, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov wrote an opera Tsarskaya Nevesta (1898), which was filmed in 1965.