Who married Vasily Ivanovich of Ryazan?

Anna of Ryazan married Vasily Ivanovich of Ryazan 1464.

Vasily Ivanovich of Ryazan

Vasily Ivanovich of Ryazan

Vasily Ivanovich (Russian: Василий Иванович) (1448 – January 7, 1483) was the Grand Prince of Ryazan (1456–1483), son of Grand Prince Ivan III of Ryazan.

Upon their father's death in 1456, eight-year-old Vasily Ivanovich and his sister Feodosiya were transferred under the care of the Grand Prince Vasily II of Moscow, who would place his namestniks in Ryazan to rule over the principality in the absence of the rightful heirs. Vasily II conducted all of Ryazan's internal and external affairs on behalf of the underage Vasily Ivanovich. In 1463, Ivan III of Russia and his mother Maria Yaroslavna let Vasily Ivanovich return to Ryazan. In the winter of that same year, the young prince came back to Moscow and married the youngest sister of Ivan III – Anna Vasilyevna – on January 28, 1464.

As far as Vasily Ivanovich's lasting reign is concerned, Ryazan's relations with its neighbors were quite peaceful, especially with Moscow (thanks to his wife Anna Vasilyevna, who often stayed the city). During one of such visits, Anna of Ryazan gave birth to Ivan IV of Ryazan on April 14, 1467. It is plausible that the inclusion of the Pronsk udel into the Principality of Ryazan was possible due to Anna's mediation between her husband and Ivan III.

Shortly before his death, Vasily Ivanovich signed away two-thirds of his principality (Pereslavl, Rostislavl, Pronsk, and all the volosts and residences) in favor of his oldest son Ivan Vasilyevich. His second son Fyodor received a third of the principality and a third of all Pereslavl's income. Vasily Ivanovich bequeathed to his wife Anna a fourth of all the lands that his sons received from him.

It is believed that Vasily Ivanovich also had a third son by the name of Pyotr (born in 1468 and died during Vasily's lifetime) and a daughter named Anna, who would marry Prince Fyodor Ivanovich Belsky in January 1498.

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Anna of Ryazan

Anna of Ryazan

Grand Princess Anna Vasilievna of Ryazan (Russian: Анна Васильевна) (1451–1501) was a Russian noblewoman, Regent of the Ryazan Principality in 1483 and in 1500–1501, during the minority of her son and grandson. She was the only daughter of Grand Prince Vasily II of Moscow and the mother and grandmother of last Grand Princes of Ryazan Principality. Anna was born in Moscow to the family of Vasily II of Moscow, who was blinded five years before her birth during a time of troubles, and Maria Yaroslavna of Borovsk.

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