Natalia Kirillovna Naryshkina (September 1, 1651 - February 4, 1694) was a Russian tsarina. Coming from an obscure family of petty nobility, she was brought up in the house of the great Western-leaning boyarin, Artamon Matveyev, on account of her distant relationship with his wife, the Scottish-descended Mary Hamilton. On February 1, 1671, she married Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich as his second wife. They had three children, including the future Peter I of Russia (1672-1725). After the throne was secured for her son, Natalia, her brothers, and the patriarch effectively controlled the government.
Peter was extraordinarily tall at six foot seven inches (2.04 meters) and a powerful man, although his gangly legs and arms are said to have limited his handsomeness and he had very small feet which he could conceal in his specially designed double-layered boots.
Peter, the son of Aleksey I and his second wife, NataliyaKyrillovnaNaryshkina, was born in Moscow.
Aleksei I went on to have two further daughters by NataliyaNaryshkina before dying in 1674, to be succeeded by his eldest surviving son, who became Fyodor III.
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