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Includes bibliographical references (pages -365) and index.
"It would be best to marry the daughter of one of his subjects": the origins of the bride-show in Muscovy -- "Without any regard for noble ancestry": picking a bride for the Tsar -- "If you marry a second time, you will have an evil child born to you": bride-shows and Muscovite political culture -- "To assuage the melancholy": the many wives of Ivan IV -- "Scheming to be rid of the chosen tsarevna": conflict and conspiracy in the Romanov bride-shows -- "Worthy because the tsar adores you": the last bride-shows and the return of the foreign-born brides.