Updated: May 25
Over the years, I have been fascinated by the story of the last Tsar and his family…and their brutal end at Ekaterinburg. Like depictions of the “Old South” here in the United States, you had to take a lot of things with a grain of salt. The beautiful lives of prestige and wealth and comfort and snootiness that people around the world believed about Nicholas and Alexandra and their children were overblown, to say the least. Nicholas was neither as good nor as bad as legend would have you believe. That he was a man who dearly loved his wife and family though seems to have been pretty close to the truth. And the greatest sorrow of his life…that his fifth and youngest child and only son and the ultimate heir to his throne, Alexi…was afflicted with hemophilia…was only one of the complicating factors that ended in their demise.
It was the extraordinary claims of at least two women…long after the murder of the Romanov family…that fed the world’s fascination for generations with books and plays. Like everyone else, I was intrigued and hopeful that maybe, just maybe, one of those lovely young Russian princesses had survived…and heartbroken by the final brutal story …
https://flip.it/04b51L How Scientists Identified the Remains of the Romanovs