12 Times Ivan the Terrible Did Something Really Regrettable

Ivan IV Vasilyevich, also known as Ivan the Terrible, was the first tsar of Russia and reigned from 1547 to 1584. His name translates more technically to "Ivan the Fearsome" or "Ivan the Awesome," but considering his actions, "terrible" is pretty darn accurate. The list of crazy and horrific things that Ivan the Terrible did could span all of Russia, but here are a few of his most egregious mistakes. From inappropriate dating behavior to violent overreactions, these are Ivan's most unfortunate decisions.