Ivan III (1440–1505)
Ivan, son of Vasily Vasilievich, grand duke of Moscow, became
grand duke of Muscovy in the fifteenth century. According
to legend, when he was at the point of death, he fell into
terrible swoons, during which his soul made laborious journeys.
In the first he was tormented for having kept innocent prisoners
in his dungeons; in the second he was tortured further for
having ground the people under heavy tasks; during the third
voyage he died, but his body disappeared mysteriously before
he could be buried, and it was thought that the devil had taken
him.