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Nicholas ignored it—Alexandra denied it—but the scandal was always there was more to the relationship between Alexandra and Rasputin. There was anti-Czar Propaganda portraying Rasputin as having the the supposed relationship between Rasputin and Czarina Alexandra. Radzinsky's latest book, Rasputin The Last Word, is causing quite a stir through its Alexandra Feodorovna's relations with the “mad monk” Grigory Rasputin.
Though there is no concrete evidence of treachery, Alexandra was a political incompetent who was spellbound by Rasputin and prepared to do anything he proposed.
This ministerial leapfrogging destabilised an already foundering government. Rasputin was a godsend for socialists and reformists, who pointed to his political interference and lurid nocturnal activities as evidence that tsarism was rotten to the core. When this failed to work, the three conspirators stabbed and shot Rasputin then threw his body into the icy Neva River.
Rasputin was a Siberian preacher, spiritual advisor and faith healer who arrived in St Petersburg in He became a regular counsellor to the tsarina because of his ability to ease the suffering of her haemophiliac son. From late he provided Alexandra with political advice, leading to the sacking and turnover of ministers.
Rasputin was also the focus point of tsarist propaganda and his presence threatened to bring down the dynasty. As a result he was assassinated by a conservative clique in December Content on this page may not be republished or distributed without permission.
Alix and Nicholas were related to each other via several different lines of European royalty: When Alix returned to Russia inthey fell in love.
Nicholas wrote in his diary: I have loved her for a long time, but more deeply and strongly since when she spent six weeks in Petersburg. For a long time, I have resisted my feeling that my dearest dream will come true. After appealing to the Pope, who refused to even consider the marriage, the relationship ended.
Nicholas flatly declared that he would rather become a monk than marry the plain and boring Margaret, who in turn stated that she was unwilling to give up her Protestant religion to become Russian Orthodox. As long as he was well, Alexander III ignored his son's demands, only relenting when his health began to fail in The tsar and tsarina were not the only ones opposed to the match; Queen Victoria wrote to Alix's sister Victoria of her suspicions which were correct that Grand Duke Sergei and Elisabeth were encouraging the match.
The wedding brought a number of relatives to Coburg, Germany, for the festivities, including Queen Victoria herself who had arranged the marriagethe Prince of Wales, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germanyand the Empress Frederickmother of the Kaiser and eldest daughter of the Queen. The Tsesarevich headed up the Russian delegation, which included three of Nicholas's uncles; Vladimir, Sergei and Paul, and two of his aunts by marriage; Elisabeth Feodorovna who was also the bridegroom's sister-in-law and Princess Alix's elder sister and Maria Pavlovna.
However, after pressure from the Kaiser, who had told her that it was her duty to marry Nicholas, and her sister Elisabeth, who tried to point out the similarities between Lutheranism and Russian Orthodoxy, she accepted Nicholas's second proposal.
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In June, Nicholas travelled to England to visit her, bringing with him his father's personal priest, Father Yanishev, who was to give her religious instruction. Along with visiting Alix and the Queen, Nicholas's visit coincided with the birth and christening of the eldest son of Nicholas and Alix's mutual cousin, Prince George, Duke of York and his wife, Mary of Teckand both of them were named as godparents of the boy, who would reign briefly as King Edward VIII in Escorted by her sister, Elisabeth, from Warsaw to the Crimea, she was forced to travel by ordinary passenger train.
Yet as a dispensation, she was not required to repudiate Lutheranism or her former faith. The marriage with Nicholas was not delayed.
- Alexandra Feodorovna (Alix of Hesse)
The marriage was outwardly serene and proper, but based on intensely passionate physical love. She brings misfortune with her. While Alexandra wished to name her daughter Victoria after her beloved grandmother, the couple chose the name Olga instead after Nicholas's younger sister Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna and because it was an ancient Russian name.
Although many Russians and the Romanovs were disappointed an heir to the throne was not born, Nicholas and Alexandra were delighted with their daughter and doted on her. It was expected that since Alexandra was only twenty three and still young, there would be plenty of time for a son to be born.
Coronation[ edit ] Lesser arms of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna Alexandra Feodorovna became Empress of Russia on her wedding day, but it was not until 14 May that the coronation of Nicholas and Alexandra took place at the Assumption Cathedral in the Kremlin in Moscow. The following day, the coronation celebrations were halted when the deaths of over one thousand people became known.
The victims had been trampled to death at the Khodynka Field in Moscow when rumours spread that there would not be enough of the food being distributed in honour of the coronation for the thousands who had gathered there.
The relatively small numbers of police in attendance could not maintain order, and thousands were crushed in the ensuing stampede. In light of these events the tsar declared he could not go to the ball being given that night by the French Ambassador, the Marquis de Montebello.
Nonetheless his uncles urged him to attend so as not to offend the French. Nicholas gave in, and he and Alexandra attended the ball. Sergei Witte commented, "We expected the party would be called off. Instead it took place as if nothing had happened and the ball was opened by Their Majesties dancing a quadrille. Although Alexandra and Nicholas had visited the wounded the day after and offered to pay for the coffins of the dead, many Russians took the disaster at Khodynka Meadow as an omen that the reign would be unhappy.
Others used the circumstances of the tragedy and the behaviour of the royal establishment to underscore the heartlessness of the autocracy and the contemptible shallowness of the young tsar and his "German woman". While Nicholas was in somewhat of a bad mood due to days spent with "Uncle Bertie" the Prince of Wales shooting in bad weather while Nicholas suffered from a toothache,  Alexandra relished the time with her grandmother.
It was in fact, the last time that grandmother and granddaughter would see each other, and when Queen Victoria died in Januarypregnancy with her fourth daughter, Grand Duchess Anastasia, prevented Alexandra from attending the funeral in London. Rejection by the Russian people[ edit ] Unlike her vivacious and popular mother-in-law, Alexandra was heartily disliked among her subjects. She came off as very cold and curt, although according to her and many other close friends, she was only terribly shy and nervous in front of the Russian people.
She felt her feelings were bruised and battered from the Russians' "hateful" nature. Infriends introduced her and her husband to Rasputin. He was also known as a healer and prophet. Did he provide relief to the young Tsarevich? His worst critics admit he did.
He also helped the Tsarina deal with her unbearable guilt and suffering--but that help came at a price. Rasputin's gifts were offset by his drinking and womanizing. Scandal was his constant companion. As his power grew, so did his faults, his behavior becoming increasingly outrageous.
Nicholas ignored it—Alexandra denied it—but the scandal was always there. And the stink of it threatened the autocracy. Many believed there was more to the relationship between Alexandra and Rasputin than the sharing of spiritual comfort.
The situation became especially ugly in and when Rasputin seduced a woman serving as nurse to the Imperial children. The nurse and governess were dismissed. Rasputin was now free to come and go as he pleased and the rumors that spread through St.
Petersburg now included the young Grand Duchesses. Nicholas was ineffective in dealing with Rasputin.