Maria of Tver

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Maria Borisovna
Grand Princess consort of Moscow
Tenure 1462–1467
Born c. 1442?
Died 1467
Burial Ascension Convent, Kolomenskoye
Archangel Cathedral, Kremlin (1929)
Spouse Ivan III of Russia
Issue Ivan Ivanovich
Father Boris Alexandrovich of Tver
Religion Eastern Orthodox

Maria Borisovna of Tver (Мария Борисовна in Russian) (1447 – 1467) was the first wife, married 1452, of Grand Prince Ivan III[1] and daughter of Boris Alexandrovich of Tver.[2]

When Vasili II (Ivan III's father) was getting ready to attack Dmitry Shemyaka, he found an ally in the person of Boris of Tver. The two decided to seal the alliance by arranging a betrothal between the future Ivan III and Maria of Tver in 1452.[2] It appears that she died from poisoning in 1467. However, if one is to believe Joseph Volotsky, she had been suffering from "infirmity" since childhood. She gave birth to Ivan the Young in 1458.


  1. Reinventing the Russian Monarchy in the 1550s: Ivan the Terrible, the Dynasty, and the Church, Sergei Bogatyrev, The Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 85, No. 2 (Apr., 2007), 278 note 29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Appanage and Muscovite Russia, Nikolay Andreyev, Companion to Russian Studies: Volume 1: An Introduction to Russian History, ed. Robert Auty, Dimitri Obolensky, (Cambridge University Press, 1991), 90.
Maria of Tver
Born: c. 1442? – 1467
Russian royalty
Title last held by
Maria Yaroslavna of Borovsk
Grand Princess consort of Muscovy
Title next held by
Sophia Paleologue