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Eudoxia Lopukhina

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Eudoxia Lopukhina
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Tsaritsa consort of Russia
Born9 August [O.S. 30 July] 1669
Died7 September [O.S. 27 August] 1731 (aged 62)
(m. 1689; div. 1698)
IssueAlexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia
Evdokiya Feodorovna Lopukhina
FatherFeodor Abramovich Lopukhin
MotherUstinia Bogdanovna Rtishcheva
ReligionEastern Orthodox

Tsarina Eudoxia Fyodorovna Lopukhina (Russian: Евдоки́я Фёдоровна Лопухина́, tr. Yevdokíya Fyodorovna Lopukhiná; 9 August [O.S. 30 July] 1669 in Moscow – 7 September [O.S. 27 August] 1731 in Moscow) was a Russian Tsaritsa as the first wife of Peter I of Russia, and the last ethnic Russian and non-foreign wife of a Russian monarch.[1] They married on 27 January 1689[1] and divorced in 1698[2] . She was the mother of Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich and the paternal grandmother of Peter II of Russia.

Early life

Eudoxia was born to Feodor Abramovich Lopukhin and Ustinia Bogdanovna Rtishcheva, making her a member of the Lopukhin family. Like parents of all the 17th century Tsarinas, they did not belong to the highest aristocracy.[citation needed]


She was chosen as a bride for the Tsar by his mother Natalia Naryshkina primarily on account of Eudoxia's mother's relation to the famous boyar Fyodor Rtishchev. She was crowned Tsarina in 1689 and gave birth to Grand Duke Alexei Petrovich of Russia the following year. She had two more sons by Peter, Alexander in 1692 and Paul in 1693, but both died during infancy. The Tsar could not stand her conservative relatives and soon abandoned her for a Dutch beauty, Anna Mons. Eudoxia's letters to Peter were full of complaints and exhortations of unrequited love.

Later life

In 1696, during his prolonged journey to Western Europe, Peter asked his Naryshkin relatives to persuade Eudoxia to enter a monastery. This could not be effected until 1698, when she was finally banished to the Intercession Convent of Suzdal.[1] The local hegumen, however, allowed her to live there much as a lay woman would. She even found herself a lover, an officer named Stepan Glebov. Nine years later, when Peter the Great learned about their affair, he sentenced Glebov to execution by impalement.[3] According to the legend, the Emperor also ordered the soldiers to force Eudoxia to watch her lover's death.[3]

Gradually, Eudoxia and her son became the centre of opposition to Peter's reforms, primarily from the church officials. In his sermons, Demetrius of Rostov referred to Eudoxia as "our great sovereign" and prophesied her impending return to the throne. This conservative party was shattered by Peter in 1718. During the prosecution of Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, all the bishops who supported her were executed, and Eudoxia was transferred to a convent in Ladoga.

After Peter's death and the rise of his second Empress consort Catherine I on the throne, Eudoxia was secretly moved to Shlisselburg Fortress near St Petersburg, where she was under strict custody as a state prisoner in a dungeon.

In 1727, her grandson Peter II ascended the Russian throne and immediately recalled her to Moscow. She returned to the former capital with a great pomp and was allowed to keep her own court at the Novodevichy Convent until her death in 1731.

After the death of Peter II, she was among the nominated candidates of the new monarch, but she declined, in favor of her niece-in-law Empress Anna, so Anna continued to honor her.


  1. ^ a b c Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Eudoxia Lopukhina" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 9 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 882.
  2. ^ "Putin's divorce breaks long taboo in Russian politics: Leaders keep personal lives private",, 7 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b "4 sex scandals in the Romanov family". Russia Beyond the Headlines. 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2020-01-29.

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