Marina Mniszech

Marina Mniszech

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Marina Mniszech (Polish: MarynaDerived from Maria, Mniszchówna or Maryna Mniszech; Russian: Марина Мнишек (Marina Mnishek); also known as "Marinka the witch" in Russian folklore; c. 1588 – 1614), was a Russian Tsarina and a Polish noblewoman and a political adventurer in the Time of Troubles in Russia.


Mniszech was a daughter of Polish Voivode Jerzy Mniszech - one of the organizers of the Dimitriads, often viewed as a Polish invasion of Russia in the early 17th century. Marina Mniszech's marriage to the impostor False Dmitri I provided an opportunity for the Polish-Lithuanian magnates and Catholic clergy to control their protégé. Mniszech met False Dmitri I around 1604 or 1605, at the court of one of the Commonwealth magnates, and agreed to marry him. In return for her hand Dmitri promised her Pskov and Novgorod, and her father Smolensk and Severia. After Dmitri captured Moscow in June 1605, in November he sent a diplomatic mission to Poland, asking for Marina's hand and proposing a military alliance to defeat the Ottomans.

The first wedding ceremony, performed in November 1605 by bishop......
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