An official commission headed by Vasili Shuiski was sent to determine the cause of death.
The official verdict was that the boy had cut his throat during an epileptic seizure.
The following year he became an oprichnik – a member of Ivan's personal guard and secret police.
In 1570/1571, Godunov strengthened his position at court by his marriage to Maria Grigorievna Skuratova-Belskaya, the daughter of Malyuta Skuratov-Belskiy, head of the oprichniks.
13 April] 1605) ruled the Tsardom of Russia as de facto regent from c.
This legend is written in the annals dating from early 17th century.
On 15 November 1581, Godunov was present when the Tsar murdered his own eldest son, the crown prince Ivan.
Godunov tried to intervene but received blows from the Tsar's sceptre.
Godunov's guilt was never established and shortly thereafter Dmitri's mother was forced to take the veil.Troops were sent and the rebellion was swiftly quelled.Then Boris Godunov ordered the Uglich bell clapper – "tongue" – to be removed, the bell to be flogged in public and sent to exile in Siberia along with the townspeople who had not been executed.The elder Ivan immediately repented, and Godunov rushed to get help for the Tsarevich, who died four days later.Three years later, on his deathbed, Ivan IV appointed a council consisting of Godunov, Feodor Nikitich Romanov, Vasili Shuiski and others to guide his son and successor of Russia Feodor I, who was feeble both in mind and body: "he took refuge from the dangers of the palace in devotion to religion; and though his people called him a saint, they recognized that he lacked the iron to govern men." Upon his death, Ivan also left the three-year-old Dmitry Ivanovich (1581–1591), from his seventh and last marriage.In 1595, he recovered from Sweden some towns lost during the former reign.Five years previously he had defeated a Tatar raid upon Moscow, for which he received the title of Konyushy, an obsolete dignity even higher than that of Boyar.A conspiracy of other boyars and of Dionysius II, Metropolitan of Moscow, sought to break Boris's power by divorcing the Tsar from Godunov's childless sister.The attempt proved unsuccessful, and the conspirators were banished or sent to monasteries.Godunov's career began at the court of Ivan the Terrible.He is mentioned in 1570 for taking part in the Serpeisk campaign as an archer of the guard.