Monday, July 19, 2010


( Enlarge to see details ) Czar Nicholas....born 18 May [O.S. 6 May] 1868 – 17 July 1918) was the last Emperor of Russia, Grand Duke of Finland, and titular King of Poland.[2] His official title was Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias[3] and he is currently regarded as Saint Nicholas the Passion-Bearer by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Nicholas II ruled from 1894 until his abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw Imperial Russia go from being one of the foremost great powers of the world to an economic and military disaster. Critics nicknamed him Bloody Nicholas because of the Khodynka Tragedy, Bloody Sunday, and the anti-Semitic pogroms that occurred during his reign. Under his rule, Russia was defeated in the Russo–Japanese War. As head of state, he approved the Russian mobilization of August 1914, which marked the first fatal step into World War I and thus into the demise of the Romanov dynasty less than four years later.
Nicholas II abdicated following the February Revolution of 1917 during which he and his family were imprisoned first in the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, later in the Governor's Mansion in Tobolsk, then finally and tragically, at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. Nicholas II, his wife, his son, his four daughters, the family's medical doctor, the Tsar's valet, the Empress' lady-in-waiting and the family's cook were all executed in the same room by the Bolsheviks on the night of 16/17 July 1918. This led to the canonization of Nicholas II, his wife the Empress and their children as martyrs by various groups tied to the Russian Orthodox Church within Russia and, prominently, outside Russia.


Pearl said...

Such a interesting story I read Anistasha when I was young and it was the most haunting story I ever read. Poor babies. Hugs, Pearl

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

That was a good movie too...but such a sad matter how BAD he may have been as King.. killing his young children is unforgivable.


Marilyn said...

I read the book "The Last of the Romanovs" & it was very interesting!!
Great Post!

phonelady said...

Yes very sad . I guess some in power thought that if they let one of them live the romanovs dynasty would come back into power . I dont see how when the son was a hemophiliac and would have died young anyway . I guess they did not care or did not know about those things in that day and age . It truly is a sad story .

Robin Michelle said...

Hi Rose! I found you again. I of course am on my laptop and all my old "saves" are on my desktop which is messed up right now so I dug and found my website and now yours.
I dearly love this information piece you've written here. My fathers family is from Russia and Poland. Grabowski is my maiden name. They migrated from there to Connecticut. My great grandfather Frank Grabowski lived for 106 years and many of them here in America and never spoke a word of English. It was interesting listening to him talk with an interpreter. My mothers side which I may have told you is Indian with some Irish. I have many of the Indian beliefs instilled in me and this is without any schooling from them. I just picked up their ways. I would love to study my Polish and Russian heritage much more. They were mostly Polish with traces of Russian blood but it probably the same people who were divided somehow.
It's wonderful finding you again. Your site is beautiful and extremely interesting. I will enjoy visiting it often.
Love you, Robin