QUEEN VICTORIA AND TSAR ALEXANDER II: WOULD-BE ROMANCE AND MUTUAL DESCENDANTS

Queen Victoria and future Tsar Alexander II around the time they met.
Queen Victoria and future Tsar Alexander II around the time they met.

In the Spring of 1839, the heir to throne of Russia, Tsarevich Alexander Nikolaevich Romanov, visited England and met its new young queen, Victoria. Future Tsar  Alexander II was a year older than the unmarried Queen of England, who was only 20 years old. Read more QUEEN VICTORIA AND TSAR ALEXANDER II: WOULD-BE ROMANCE AND MUTUAL DESCENDANTS

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ALEXANDER PALACE: LAST IMPERIAL RESIDENCE OF THE ROMANOV FAMILY CLOSED UNTIL 2018!

19th century painting of the Alexander palace the last residence of the Romanov family before the Russian revolution
19th century painting of the Alexander palace the last residence of the Romanov family before the Russian revolution

Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo – the last residence of the Romanov family before the Russian revolution – is closed to visitors for the next three years: until the year 2018.  The palace will undergo some large scale renovations in order to fix major structural problem as  well as restorations to bring it back to its original look prior to 1917, when the Romanov family resided there. Read more ALEXANDER PALACE: LAST IMPERIAL RESIDENCE OF THE ROMANOV FAMILY CLOSED UNTIL 2018!

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ROMANOV DYNASTY: A BRIEF HISTORY

Romanov Dynasty coat of arms
Romanov Dynasty coat of arms

ROMANOV DYNASTY: A BRIEF HISTORY

The Romanov Dynasty also known as “The House of Romanov” was the second imperial dynasty (after the Rurik dynasty) to rule Russia. The Romanov family reigned from 1613 until the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II on March 15, 1917, as a result of the Russian Revolution.

The direct male line of the Romanov family came to an end when Empress Elizabeth died in 1762. The House of Holstein-Gottorp, a branch of the House of Oldenburg, ascended the throne in 1762 with Peter III, a grandson of Peter the Great. Hence, all Russian monarchs from the mid-18th century to the Russian Revolution descended from that branch.  In early 1917 the extended Romanov family had 65 members, 18 of whom were killed by the Bolsheviks. The remaining 47 members escaped abroad. Read more ROMANOV DYNASTY: A BRIEF HISTORY

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ROMANOV FAMILY AND VOLTAIRE

The article below was translated from Russian by Helen Azar.

French philosopher François-Marie Arouet, or Voltaire.
French philosopher François-Marie Arouet, or Voltaire.

Note from the translator:

When I first showed up at the Tsarskoe Selo Rare Book Fond for my library school internship, I found out that they just made an amazing discovery: two previously unidentified books from the vast collection of books once owned by the famous French philosopher, François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire. At this time, it was thought that all of Voltaire’s books, which were brought to Russia by Empress Catherine the Great upon his death, were accounted for, and thousands of his marginalia had been transcribed and published. But it seemed that two of these books slipped through the proverbial cracks. Voltaire’s handwriting in the marginalia of these two books, held for years in The Rare Book Fond at the Tsarskoe Selo Museum. Somehow no one recognized them for what they were, for all these years. Read more ROMANOV FAMILY AND VOLTAIRE

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IVAN IV (“IVAN THE TERRIBLE”): The First Tsar of Russia, and He Who Paved the Way for the Romanov Dynasty…

By Katrina Kitchen (edited by Helen Azar)

Editor’s note: Dear reader, to get my “Romanov Family” website off to a good start, I plan to post a series of articles on Russian history leading up to – and of course including – the ascent of the Romanov family to the throne of Russia, which did not happen by accident. I would like to start with Ivan the Terrible (Ivan IV), because: a. He was a fascinating historical character, and b. Through his first marriage, the first member of the Romanov family came to the throne, or at least became a consort of the Tsar of Russia. This fact was undoubtedly taken into consideration later on, when the first Romanov Dynasty ruler, Mikhail Romanov was elected to be Tsar of all the Russias. So in a sense, Tsar Ivan the Terrible got the proverbial ball rolling for the Romanov Dynasty! Which is why I think he is important to the story of the Romanov family. I will eventually publish another article about Ivan, dealing with his seven wives. ~Helen~

Many thanks to Katrina Kitchen for this article! Read more IVAN IV (“IVAN THE TERRIBLE”): The First Tsar of Russia, and He Who Paved the Way for the Romanov Dynasty…

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