Tatyana Mikhailovna of Russia

Tsarevna Tatyana Mikhailovna of Russia (Russian: Татьяна Михайловна; 5 January 1636 – 23 August 1706) was a Russian Tsarevna, daughter of Tsar Michael of Russia and Eudoxia Streshneva, and the sister of Tsar Aleksei I of Russia.

In contemporary Muscovite custom, Russian princesses were completely secluded from the world outside of the women's quarters of the Terem (Russia), not allowed contact with men nor allowed to marry.[1] Tatyana followed this rules, but she was also able to exert some degree of influence at court. She was known as a supporter of the reforms of Patriarch Nikon of Moscow. She had a good relationship with her brother tsar Alexei. During the regency of her niece Sophia, she reportedly exercised some degree of influence at court, were she was treated as the senior female member at court in etiquette matters and given precedence by regent Sophia before the dowager tsaritsa Natalya.

When Sophia was deposed by tsar Peter the Great in 1689, Foy de la Neuville reported that Sophia sent her sister Tsarevna Marfa Alekseyevna of Russia and her aunts Tsarevna Anna Mikhailovna of Russia and Tsarevna Tatyana Mikhailovna of Russia to mediate.

Tatyana tried to mediate and prevent Peter from imprisoning her niece Tsarevna Marfa Alekseyevna of Russia in a convent, but without success; she lost her influence as Peter's reforms progressed society from the old way and the old court.


  1. Massie, Robert K., Peter the Great: his life and world, Abacus, London, 1995[1980]
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