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    Anna of Russia Document Signed "Anna" as empress, one page in Russian, 8" x 12.5", (April?) 14, 1731, n.p. Anna Ivanovna ( 1693 - 1740) was the daughter of Ivan V of Russia, as well as the niece of Peter the Great. Her uncle encouraged her marriage to Frederick William, Duke of Courland in November 1710, but on the return trip from Saint Petersburg in January 1711 her husband died. Anna ruled the semi-independent Baltic duchy as Duchess of Courland from 1711 to 1730. She never remarried after the death of her husband. Upon the death of Peter II, Emperor of Russia, the Russian Supreme Privy Council made Anna empress in 1730. They had hoped that she would feel indebted to the nobles for her unexpected fortune and remain a figurehead at best, and malleable at worst. In the hope of establishing a constitutional monarchy in Russia, they convinced her to sign articles that limited her power. However, these proved a minor inconvenience to her, and soon she established herself as an autocratic ruler, using her popularity with the imperial guards and lesser nobility. In fine condition.

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