Place of birth: Moscow
Unheard climbing orphans, who began his service as an attorney at the court of Ivan the Terrible, to the post of governor of the state under Tsar Fyodor Ivanovich, and, finally, the ruler of the vast Russian Empire, promised all sort Godunovs brilliant future. Even foes paid tribute Godunov that he could earn the reputation of being one of the best rulers of the world and make a lot of great things, if not prevented him immense natural disasters and tragic events. And historians VO Klyuchevskii and SF Platonov shallows as slander no one proven Boris Godunov accused of numerous bloody crimes.
The best verbal portraits unbiased contemporaries said about the beauty of the face, the majestic manners, constant affability and gentleness in handling, sonorous voice and eloquence of Boris Godunov, who "blossomed splendor" and "your way a lot of people exceeded". Among the virtues of the king of Russian chroniclers and chroniclers of everyday life is particularly marked consistency in family life and affection for children. Obviously, beauty, delicate mental organization and the talent of Xenia inherited from the father, as the wife of Boris Godunov, the ambitious daughter of guardsmen Malyuta Skuratov Mary Fosdick such good reviews does not occur. On the contrary, it is most often attributed to adversely impact on the husband.
Philoprogenitive father, Boris Godunov in childhood surrounded daughter Xenia and her son Fyodor goodness and kindness, and in the adolescent years gave their children the best education for that time. Not being a princess from the cradle, Xenia has received training in this highly appropriate title. At seventeen, the only daughter of Tsar Boris Godunov was the first girl in Russia is not only the nobility, but also the beauty and education.
Touchingly gentle and poetic image Xenia embodied in folk songs and works of literature of the seventeenth century. Judging from the description of the appearance of a young princess, it represents the ideal type of Russian girls red, as it is created in the folk art. Here is a vivid description of the appearance of the beautiful princess left the writer of the seventeenth century, IM Katyrev-Rostovsky, "Princess is Xenia, daughter of Tsar Boris, maiden exist, Whether, damsel chyudnogo domyshleniya, zelnoyu beauty Lepa, white Velma and face blush, chervlena lips, eyes with black high, Grace shining, brovmi the Union, the body is abundant, the Milky BelOSTO obliyanna , age, nor high nor Niska, his hair black with large, like a pipe, on the shoulders lezhahu ".
However, Xenia Godunov was reputed to be not only beautiful hand-written, it was still "in the truth in all matters chredima", "all wives blagochinniysha and book-writing navychna". It is known that one of the outstanding monuments of the education of children of Boris Godunov remained Russian card, inscribed Tsarevich Feodor and published in Germany in 1614, after his death. Son Theodore Boris Godunov prepared to be enlightened king, and his daughter Xenia wanted to marry a foreign prince who would agree to accept the Orthodox faith and to live in a specific dedicated his possession within the Russian state.
Through this marriage, father of the king would not only arrange the happiness of his beloved daughter, the beautiful, but also to eliminate the many obstacles that the authorities of the European states, who feared Russian power amplification, repaired the scientists, specialists and craftsmen who want to work in Russia and tried to make his way to Moscow. According to contemporaries, Boris Godunov cherished plans to establish in Moscow and other cities, universities and schools, which would be science and arts taught foreign scientists who are ready to promote the development of education in Russia and the "do much good for her with his knowledge."
As a contemporary chronicler says Xenia "bookish homily with adjacent areas and diligence" and "exceedingly taught all the wisdom and philosophical estestvennosloviya". According to the printed books and manuscripts he studied Xenia chronographs, which sets out the ancient history, the transition to the deeds of the Byzantine kings, and then to the Russian history and cosmography, which reported on the various countries the world of states and peoples that live in them. Patiently and thoroughly comprehended Xenia meaning "seven wisdoms": grammar, dialectic, rhetoric, arithmetic (or chislitelnitsy), geometry, astronomy (or zvezdozakoniya), as well as music, which is understood and actually singing.
Ancient chroniclers say particularly good musicality and voice of Xenia, "reads vospevaemyya lyublyashe and songs duhovnyya zhelashe courtesies." Xenia Godunov is not only loved to sing and listen to church singing, she composed the song herself. People`s memory is preserved poetic lines Xenia Godunov songs written by her in the most tragic period of her life. In 1619, the English translator, priest Richard James, a latecomer to the last ship sailing from Archangel to England, remained to winter in Kholmogory. There was something in his notebook some Russian people and wrote two songs Xenia Godunov, which can be considered the first known poet in Russia.
Xenia, daughter of Tsar Boris Godunov, was equally talented poet, and how gifted artist, embroiderer. In terms of the old girls education in Russia must include the art of needlework, including embroidery. In his song poetry Xenia no accident recalls her gold-embroidered things. At the time of training princess artistic pictorial needlework has gained special popularity and performance excellence. Girls from noble families, and even the queen Boyarina gold and silver threads, colored silks, pearls and precious stones, embroidered on silk velvet and dense multi-narrative paintings. Often embroidered on the hoop multi colorful composition Russian needlewomen reproduced scenes of picturesque frescoes and icons. Well known for the amazing work of Ivan the Terrible`s aunt Euphrosyne Andreevny Staritskaya, founder of the original school embroideries in Russian art. One of the most remarkable traditions continuer embroideries approaching complexity to the jeweler`s art, was Xenia Godunov.
For almost 400 years in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra kept two works whose authorship the monastic tradition ascribes Xenia Godunov. The works of talented princess-embroidery referred to the 1601-1602 years. It was at this time, Princess Xenia make a match for Duke John, the brother of the Danish King Christian IV.
The first work of Xenia - the veil for the head of the tomb of St. Sergius of Radonezh, where princess mistress embroidered Rublev "Trinity". In crimson satin embroidered with seed pearls skillfully shapes crowns angels, clothes, table, Chamber outlines of mountains and treetops. In the fields, among the floral ornament, made large pearls and semi-precious stones, placed silver and gold-plated plate-sections depicting the Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Sergius of Radonezh and the saints, members of the royal family soimennyh Godunov: Boris, Maria, Fyodor, Xenia.
Xenia Godunov second work from the collection of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra - multifigured colorful composition embroidered on velvet, intended to cover the "altar": Christ sitting on a throne next to it settled Virgin and John the Baptist, at the feet of their bent Sergius and Nikon Radonezh. Made a skillful combination of 15 different patterns and seams, the picture Xenia Godunov is particularly expressive faces, three-dimensional shapes, elegance and good taste in the selection of colors of precious stones, combined pearl and gold embroidery.
These two miraculously preserved beautiful works of Xenia Godunov remind us of her, of her sad fate, and how much joy and beauty could this talented artist, embroiderer to give their contemporaries and descendants, if it had not hit on her race and country of untold hardships Troubles .
In my dreams of happiness and about her fiance, Dutch John, duke, leaning over the girl`s princess embroidery. But fate had promised her grief and loss. Prince of Denmark, Duke John, the brother of King Christian IV of, was the second daughter of the groom Tsar Boris Godunov, Xenia. Wishing will certainly give his daughter to the Duke or the foreign prince, Boris Godunov was looking for the groom in all respects worthy hand of the princess.
At this time, the son of the deposed Swedish King Erik XIV Duke Gustav wandered through Europe. Young prince Gustav fled his homeland, where he intended to destroy the family, seized his hereditary right. Finally, he gave himself under the protection of Poland, settling in the city of Gdansk. However, business in Poland, Gustav left much to be desired, and he secretly sent a letter to the Tsar of Muscovy. Correspondence with the Swedish Prince Boris Godunov began almost as soon as he ascended the Russian throne.
Soon Gustav invited to come to Moscow. In August 1599 Prince wanderer escaped from Poland and despite sent him chase safely reached Muscovy. Towards Gustav at the appointed time and place on the border with Poland were submitted by several courtiers with German translators, as well as wagons, horses, and everything needed for the road. August 19 Gustav solemnly drove to Moscow, he was met with such pomp and honor, that more could not have, and the king. At the reception, King Boris and Prince Fedor, Welcoming the Prince, expressed regret about his misfortunes, and in the presence of all the boyars promised him the patronage of the Moscow State.
Hearing about how Prince Gustav thrives in Moscow, many young noblemen came to him at the service. But suddenly everything changed. Conceited and arrogant Gustav imagines that at such a gracious respect him everything is now permitted, caused the Polish wife of his former master Christian boats, some Catherine, with whom he, during his stay in Gdansk joined the affair has taken root and a few children. In Moscow, he ordered to carry her in a carriage drawn by white horses, and quadruplets, accompanied by many servants as travel queen. Unhappy with the suite of the Prince said that this woman had on him a bad influence, and under this influence he became arrogant in dealing with his nobles and violent towards his servants, who often beat her.
Gradually, all the courtiers and Prince victuals nobles moved away from him, many came into the service of the Russian Tsar, who graciously took them by appointing a good salary and giving great estates. Having learned the true nature of the Prince Gustav, Boris Bodunov thought it impossible for him to give his daughter Xenia. Tsar Boris made a proclamation to Prince, that his behavior is not worthy of a royal son. Although exhortations to keep themselves from indecent acts and follies had no effect and Boris decided that such a prince can not be his son in law, but not chased him, and not doomed to a miserable existence. Boris Godunov granted Gustav Uglich with the county from which the prince could receive an annual income. But to manage this lot should have been appointed by a noble king and prince to deliver its content revenues. In 1601 the Swedish Prince Gustav separated from his mistress Catherine and taken to Uglich. There he was kept in a princely until his death in 1607.
On his deathbed, the Swedish Prince, many wandered in Western countries and who lived there in great need, very sorry, he followed the advice of his concubine greater than the good pleasure of the Russian Tsar Boris Fedorovich Godunov. Gustav was buried in the monastery in Kashin Demetrius February 22, 1607. He died when Vasily Shuya, two years after the Russian throne by fraud and hoaxes captured adventurer impostor False Dmitry I. Who knows if he was at one time my husband daughter of Boris Godunov, you could save not only Xenia, but and her brother, the young tsar Fedor, and the entire dynasty Godunov. Do not these torments of conscience brought Prince Gustav to the grave prematurely?
A year after the failed attempt to marry his daughter to the Swedish Prince Boris Godunov the messengers received the consent of the Danish King Christian IV in the marriage of his brother John with Princess Xenia. Danish Prince Duke John had to settle permanently in Russia inheritance that will welcome him in-law. John promised Tver principality.
August 6, 1602 the Danish prince on several ships, surrounded by a large retinue, which reached the number to four persons, arrived in Ivangorod. Hence his journey to Moscow was a real festive procession. At each stop on the Russian custom of hospitable and helpful they treated him and his entire entourage. At the entrance to the city of Prince John greeted by cannon shots, giving homage to the distinguished guest and solemnly greeting on behalf of the king. Prince John went through Novgorod, Torzhok Staritsa, he was accompanied by the boyar Mikhail Saltykov and deacon Athanasius Vlasov, familiar with foreign customs. We drove slowly, making no more than thirty miles a day, John talked with the accompanying Boyar and clerk, learned from them about the civil and church structure in Muscovy.
September 19, 1602, Prince John, arrived in Moscow. In the morning, before entering the capital city he was met by Ambassador Michael Tatishchev, who brought him as a gift from Tsar Boris Godunov, the beautiful gray horse with a solid silver harness and gilded, jeweled oplech`e neck. This royal ARGAMAK Prince John drove to Moscow, where he met with great solemnity of people, and ten thousand Russian riders dressed so smartly that, by the impression of witnesses, it seemed as if the field after Moscow turned into a "golden mountain, covered in different colors` and the foreigners who came "with great surprise looked at the pomp and splendor of the Muscovites."
When Prince John and his entourage entered the city through gates Tver, Moscow rang once all the bells and poured into the streets festively dressed people. Prince and his entourage were carried out in China Town and placed in the best house, pre-prepared for it. Tsar Boris and his son Fyodor saw the retinue of the Danish prince with the Kremlin wall, where watched the solemn entry of the Duke John in Moscow.
A September 28, 1602, when the guests settled down and rested after the long journey, Prince John with all his entourage invited to dinner in the Faceted Chamber. Tsar Boris and Prince Fedor embraced appeared before him as a native of Prince John. During lunch, the king in all their greatness was seated on a golden throne, at the table next to him was his son, Prince Fedor and Prince John as the future son in law. Besides the royal family, no one could sit next to the emperor. The three of them sat at the same table, and all around were tables where each ranked according to their rank. Feast lasted from noon till night. Boris Godunov had a long talk with the Danish prince about his brother, King and other sovereigns, and three times saw the Duke John of health. After the feast, the king and the prince took off their gold chains and laid on the Danish prince. On the same day it was decided to make the wedding at the beginning of winter.
Princess Xenia was not here, because the known Russian custom of the time, she, like a bride before the wedding could not see her future husband face to face. But she saw him from a secret "smotrilnoy tent" specially set up in the audience chamber for royal personages female. In the unanimous opinion of contemporaries, Prince John was a handsome, well-built young man. Clever, modest, affable, he liked Boris Godunov. Pleasant impression on Prince John and Princess Xenia.
Shortly after the presentation of the Prince John of the Russian Tsar Godunov family went to the Trinity-Sergius monastery to pray for the happiness of Xenia. Danish Prince John remained in Moscow. He decided to use the absence of the king with his family to study the Russian language, for which he began earnestly, and even said he is willing to accept the Orthodox faith. Ksenia bride, the former with his parents on a pilgrimage, sent as a gift to the groom, according to Russian tradition, richly decorated and the bed linen, embroidered with silver and gold. Every day, they sent messengers to the king of Moscow, Boris and back of the Trinity - to Prince John.
October 16, while in Bratoshine in the way of the Trinity, Boris Godunov heard about the sudden illness of the prince. Arriving in Moscow, the king begged the doctors and their own, and arrived with the Prince of Denmark`s future son-in rescue expensive and promised a cure for his great mercy. Boris Godunov made a vow that if the prince to remain alive, he set free four thousand prisoners, and ordered to distribute alms to the poor rich.
At first, the doctors assured the king that John Duke`s disease is not dangerous and is treatable. But he was getting worse every day. October 27, Boris Godunov, Prince John has visited the patient. And when I found him very weak, then I began to cry and complain at his bedside. One member of the Danish Formation heard and recorded in his diary the words of the Russian Tsar, "I have cried and crack in the stone, so that the dying person from whom I expected myself the greatest comfort - exclaimed Boris Godunov. - In my breast grief heart breaks. "
The king came to the betrothed in-law the next day. Prince John was unconscious and delirious. King strongly indulged grief and did not leave his bed. By evening, the heat intensified, and on October 29 at two in the morning, without regaining consciousness, the prince died. Xenia, after hearing about the death of her fiance, greatly grieved at him, and Boris Godunov said to her: "Killed, Daughter, your happiness and my delight." The tragedy AS Pushkin inconsolable Xenia Godunov, kissing portrait of a deceased groom, says:
My dear bride,
Not me you got,
Not his bride,
A dark grave
On a strange aside ...
Xenia remained widowed bride. In subsequent years, the circumstances were so tragically that Tsar Boris Godunov was not to hunt suitors.
In 1603, after several lean years in the Russian state began an unprecedented scale famine. Many wealthy people with large stocks of old bread, refused to sell the grain, holding it for selfish purposes of gain and requiring him a lot of money. Bread prices soared to nearly 1605. The price of rye rose 20 times. The bulk of the population can not buy this bread. The government of Boris Godunov did not have enough toughness to break the resistance of rich monasteries and the boyars who refused to share the surplus grain in a crop failure. Failed to him and introduce fixed prices for bread and curb the frenzied speculation in grain. However, the Boris Godunov did not spare funds for the fight against mass starvation. In order to feed the population, he organized paid public works in Moscow and ordered daily to distribute the money and the needy bread alms. Hearing of this the royal generosity, crowds of people rushed to Moscow, causing famine in the capital only increased. During the two years of famine in three large communal cemeteries, or "Potter`s Field", was buried 127 thousand dead. The death toll in all the towns and villages were so great that contemporaries claimed: a third died of Muscovy in the lean years. The bitterness and despair engendered first robbery and looting, and then poor food riots, rebellions and civil wars.
It was at this time in Poland, reappeared imposter - False Dmitry. Relive wonderful idea is escaped Tsarevich Dmitry political opponents of Boris Godunov. But the rapid success of the adventurer-impostor contributed not only to the protection of the Polish King Sigismund III and support Russian boyars traitors, but the mood and expectations of the Russian people, in the consciousness that the rumors about him which is escaped "innate sovereign", youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, have turned to the Utopian faith in "good king." The tragedy is that this rumor got into people`s environment, spread quickly plague epidemic. Meanwhile, under the name of a legitimate heir to the Russian throne of power was an unscrupulous adventurer and impostor, a traitor, who before joining the Russian land made a secret agreement with Sigismund III on the transfer of the Commonwealth of vast territories and the enormous wealth of the Moscow State. Moreover, going to the Catholic faith, the impostor apostate promised his Polish patrons to bring all the kingdom of Moscow Orthodox to Catholicism a year and succumbed to marry the King of Poland, Marina Mniszek, the daughter of George Mnishek who presented Falsdmitry Sigismund III.
The true name and the story of the impostor False Dmitry Moscow authorities have established very quickly. I knew about it, of course, and Xenia. "Dmitri," called himself a quick-defrocked monk Grigory tow, which denounced his mother, brother and uncle. In August 1603, Boris Godunov by Ambassadorial order addressed to the first Polish patrons impostor with the requirement to issue a "thief." However, in Russia the appearance of an impostor long suppressed, rumors about him ruthlessly suppressed. And this is understandable. They maligned ruler Boris Godunov, declaring his involvement in the death of Tsarevich Dmitry, who died during an epileptic seizure in Uglich in 1591, seven years before the king was elected Boris Godunov. Public exposure of the impostor in the country began only when Lzhedmitry invaded Russia. But they could not eradicate the rumors about the newly announced pretender to the Russian throne - king-deliverer.
The first invasion of the False Dmitry, supported by the King of Poland, in 1605 suffered a complete collapse. Perhaps Godunov dynasty and would not be dropped from the throne crook-impostor, if not sudden death of Tsar Boris. Only close relatives, perhaps, fully understood that the malicious slander, accused of the murder of Boris Godunov, the last members of the legitimate dynasty, including the king Fedor and Prince Dmitry, undermined his health is stronger than the last difficult years of the reign. Tsar Boris became seriously hurt with 1602. In 1604 he first grasped the paralytic stroke, a number of weeks, Boris Godunov did not come out, and when he appeared, then dragging his leg. April 13, 1606 is still far from old Boris Godunov died suddenly of apoplexy.
The death of Tsar Boris Godunov strengthened havoc in the Russian state, gave new impetus to the spread of rumors about the "true Tsarevich Dmitry" paved the way impostor, to destroy the dynasty Godunov. The successor to Boris Godunov, his sixteen year old son Theodore, "handed people the firm hope that it would be a good, pious king", but reigned only two months after his father`s death. Princess Xenia witnessed the sudden and tragic fall of a kind and betrayal of those to whom Godunovs pinned their hopes.
May 7, 1605 Boyar Peter Fedorovich Basmanov whom Boris Godunov, shortly before his death entrusted command of the army, changed the king Fedor Borisovich under creams and went along with the troops and other noble boyars on the side of False Dmitry I. Left without an army, royal Godunov family was completely unprotected. Several thousands of archers in Moscow before the end of true Fyodor Borisovich, the young king sent the Oka, to defend Moscow. They stopped under the False Dmitry I Serpukhov. Meanwhile, June 1 there was an uprising in Moscow. Made his way to Moscow messengers impostor read a frontal space "lovely letters" False Dmitry, who denounced "traitors Godunov, unjustly themselves the owners of the kingdom." The crowd rushed to smash and rob yards boyars, wealthy people and traders Lowells, who enriched on hunger. However, rebellious people in Moscow, mocking the powerful, did not kill anyone and did not execute Godunov. Queen Mary G., widow of Boris Godunov, and his son, Tsar Fyodor Borisovich, was killed "thieves" boyars traitors.
Focusing in Serpukhov, False Dmitry I did not dare to enter to Moscow until then, while they were alive a young Fedor Godunov and his mother, the queen. After sending the boyars in the capital with orders to kill the son and wife of Boris Godunov, an impostor who had heard about the extraordinary beauty of Xenia, "Daughter, commanded ostaviti alive, that he lepota Her nasladitisya". June 10, 1605 Killer Prince Vasily Golitsyn, Vasily Masalski Mikhail Molchanov and Andrew Sherefetdinov accompanied by the detachment musketeers broke on a farmstead Godunov, took the Queen Mary Grigorievna and her children and divorced "on the edifice apart." Queen of the surprise was speechless and did not have any resistance. Fyodor Godunov, "truly a young knight and the written handsome", courageously resisted, so long executioners could not cope with him. Desperate to pull out Xenia Godunov was taken to the house of one of the destroyers of her mother and brother, Prince Vladimir Masalsky. Later she learned that strangled Theodore and Mary boyars Godunov Killer announced to the people that the king and queen committed suicide - "ispisha potions" and "princess barely revive". Although this one did not believe, as thousands of people, including the historian of that era, Peter Petrov, with his own eyes saw the marks of the ropes, which were smothered the king Fedor and Queen Mary G., nobles forbade the traditional burial rites. Fedor and his mother is buried, like suicide, near the fence of the poor Varsonofevskogo monastery on Sretenka. One pit with them were thrown the remains of Boris Godunov, the boyars-born who have learned from the Archangel Cathedral. So grovel before the tyrant-impostor noble boyars traitors decided to posthumously honor deprive legally elected, but "low-born" Tsar Boris Godunov.
All this time, one hour orphaned Xenia Godunov held in the house of Prince Vladimir Mosalsk. I guess whether the poor princess that very soon the day will come when it will lead to mock the tyrant-impostor? Is it Waited miraculous deliverance?
June 20, 1605 False Dmitry entered Moscow. On the eve of P. Basmanov he deposed and cursed as the sender Godunovs elderly patriarch Job. Hounded out of the Patriarch of Moscow would denounce the impostor, who, as a deacon and served as a good Job was familiar. Attempt Basil Shumsky in the first few days defrocked impostor in Moscow "not to let him sit on the throne" has failed and nearly cost him his life. July 18 returned from exile in Moscow Ivan the Terrible widow Maria Nagaya (in monasticism Martha) and publicly recognized the False Dmitry I and his son. The recognition of the imaginary mother away with the vibrations of those who still doubted his royal origin. In an atmosphere of general jubilation of the people about the finding of the true sovereign and the onset of a happy kingdom traitor-defrocked Grisha Otrepyev she was crowned. The ritual of the king`s wedding, designed to emphasize the revival of the legitimate dynasty, was accomplished twice: first - in the Cathedral of the Assumption, and then - in coffins "ancestors" in the Archangel Cathedral.
It was then, and come the most ill-fated day in the life of Xenia Godunov. By order of False Dmitry I, Prince V. Masalski brought him to the palace of the poor princess. It depicted the moment a talented Russian artist N. Nevrev on his painting "Xenia Godunova, reduced to an impostor." The beautiful princess is crying, her face in her hand. In fact, it`s hard to imagine anything worse than the status of women, to give to mock lascivious impostor, she thought the killer of his dear family. And what is a woman? The one who three years ago could be the wife of a noble Danish John!
Now there was a man in front of Xenia, inspiring her disgust and their deeds, and their appearance. By verbal portraits of his contemporaries, including the already mentioned Russian writer IM Katyreva-Rostovsky, False Dmitry I had a body and face "not tsarskovo domain". Squat, small in stature, he was broad-shouldered, almost waist, with a short neck and huge hands of different lengths. On rough yellow face Falsdmitry-Otrepiev had no mustache, no beard, a thick nose reminiscent of a shoe beside him grow two large blue warts look prickly little eyes completes depressing.
All Russian and foreign contemporaries argue that False Dmitry, and ordered to deliver to his palace Xenia Godunov, against her will kept it in his concubine six months. As he spoke to her all the time, unknown. Who lived in those days in Moscow, the Dutchman Isaac Massa, who had no reason to denigrate the False Dmitry I, I reported that the imposter indulged in Moscow unrestrained debauchery. His minions-pleasers Basmanov P. and M. Molchanov secretly brought to the palace to the king-profligate comely maidens and beautiful nuns, vending him. When persuasion did not help and money, in turn allowed the threats and violence. Talking about the riot and the perverse inclinations of False Dmitry I, which are very damaging to his reputation, Isaac Massa said: "He was a libertine, because every night corrupting a new maid, did not consider the holy nuns and a lot of them defiled the monasteries, to defile so holy sites, he also molested a noble young man from the house Khvorostinin that belong to a noble family, and kept this sucker in great honor, rather than the all became great and allows you to imagine. "
Future tests False Dmitry I, Yuri Mnishek, most of all worried about the presence in the court of the pretender daughter of Boris Godunov - Xenia. It is not hard to guess why. The Polish Bride Falsdmitry, Marina Mniszek, had no equal in passion for luxury, power and adventures, but unlike the recognized beauty Xenia Godunov did not have any female attractiveness, nor feminine charm. Even on the front portrait, idealized appearance of contenders for the role of the Russian Czarina Marina Mniszek looks unattractive. Thin ruin, exposes the arrogance, vanity and vindictiveness, a long face, long nose too, liquid black hair, a short, frail body - all this is not enough to then meet the ideal of feminine beauty.
Six months later, as the False Dmitry took the Russian throne, but he was in no hurry invite Polish pannu Marina, which promised to marry for fear of the curse. December 25, 1605 Yuri Mniszek, thirsting with her daughter soon get to Russian resources and the royal treasury, addressed to the future son-in with a written reprimand, "as it is known the princess, the daughter of Boris Godunov, who lives near you, in my opinion, and sensible people advice deign remove it and send podalee ".
After receiving a letter of Yuri Mnishek impostor did not contradict his future father in law. At the beginning of 1606 Xenia Godunov was forcibly taken to the monastery on deaf Goritsky Beloozero. There she was tonsured as a nun under the name of Olga and now was to remain until his death. Do not hope ever to return to Moscow to mourn the graves of his parents and brother, Xenia Godunov think back to the past, to the troubles that befell her family and the entire Russian land. In the far Beloozero Xenia Godunov composed several songs that were later found in a notebook Englishman Richard James. Here is one:
And the light you, our high mansions!
Who will own you
after our tsarskogo plaguing?
A lights, Bran ubrus!
Do you krutiti birch?
A lights, gold his pants!
Do you presents of line?
And the light-sereshki sapphires!
on whether you zadevati bitch -
after plaguing our tsarskovo,
after submission Batiushkov
Boris Godunov and the world?
And he was going to Moscow Rostriga
yes wants Lomat towers,
I want princess poimati,
and in Ustyuzhna on Iron otoslati,
I want princess postritchi,
and slatted garden zasaditi.
Eno those oh-me gorevati:
"I like in a dark cell stupiti,
the abbess blagos