Kudeyar ( _ru. Кудеяр) is a
Russian folk herowhose story is told in Nikolay Kostomarov's novel of the same name (1875).
According to this legend, Kudeyar was the elder brother of
Ivan the Terrible. His mother purportedly was Solomonida Saburova, whom Vasily IIIdivorced on account of her barrenness, incarcerating her in a convent. Several months after the controversial divorce she bore a son, who was smuggled to the Cossacksliving along the Don River, where he became their fearless atamanand champion in the manner of Robin Hood.
Actually, there were several
Cossack robbersof this name. There is a letter of one Muscovite boyarto Ivan IVfrom Crimea, where he reports that "there is only one brigand left here - the accursed Kudeyar". The name is apparently Turkic, composed of two elements standing for " god" and "man".
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