history meme - ten moments - Ivan the Terrible kills his son
Ivan the Terrible, the first tsar of Russia in the 16th century, was prone to paranoia and fits of rage. One day, he accused his son - also named Ivan - of inciting rebellion, which the younger Ivan denied. Ivan’s father struck him on the head with his scepter. The younger Ivan fell, barely conscious and with a bleeding wound on his temple. The elder Ivan immediately threw himself at his son, kissing his face and trying to stop the bleeding, whilst repeatedly crying, “May I be damned! I’ve killed my son! I’ve killed my son!”
For the next few days, the elder Ivan prayed incessantly for a miracle, but to no avail. The Tsarevich died on 19 November 1581.
history meme: (1/5) assassinations — romanov sisters
and their parents.
On July 17, 1918, Bolshevik authorities acting on Yakov Sverdlov’s orders in Moscow and led locally by Filip Goloscheckin and Yakov Yurovsky, shot Nicholas II, his immediate family, and four servants in the cellar of the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia (+more).
This is a really HUGE breakthrough for the Romanovs. I’m actually shaking as I read this article. I have posted about this previously, but the site has since been updated.
The SEARCH foundation is an independently funded organization that was responsible for the discovery and excavation of Alexei and Anastasia’s remains. Now they have a lead on Michael’s.
In 1918, the Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich and his secretary, Brian Johnson were arrested by Soviet forces and imprisoned, not unlike many other Romanovs, in the city of Perm. His captor was Bolshevik Andrey Markov, who burst into Michael’s hotel room and forced him to leave by gunpoint. Markov told Michael he was being taken to a train, by which the Grand Duke did not resist. But the Bolshevik led them out ‘by a shortcut’ through the forest, and both Michael and Brian were shot in the chest and head. Local peasants heard the gunshot, and by the time they arrived the shooter had disappeared. But it did not take them long to find the bodies. The peasants respectively buried the two men under the trees, into which they scratched the letters “M” and “A” Michael Alexandrovich.
In 2007, a man recorded in an interview with Russian press reveiling a story he had kept through communist rule. On the night of the 11 June, 1918, he had been amongst the villagers who had come across two men’s bodies in the forest. He died soon after but his story has helped reveal one of the final mysteries of the Romanov family.
And in 2012, the murder site was located. The SEARCH foundation followed the directions given by the man and found the precise spot where there were engravings upon the trees. Unfortunately the weather soon turned characteristically harsh and they were forced to give up their search. But the website says that the organization will be returning in the summer of 2013.
I personally, will keep my eye on this. Soon we may have Uncle Misha reunited with us, and his dear family once again.
Wow I had no idea this was going on :O this is incredible!
Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna (nee Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh) with her daughter Princess Maria Kirillovna.
Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
Olga Nikolaevna || Evolution of Hair || 1895 - 1917
Empress Maria Feodorovna (1847-1928), born Princess Dagmar of Denmark, visiting her old home in 1900.
30 Day Romanov Challenge - Day 9 : Favourite Photograph of Alexei.
Alexei and his mother in 1913
I have tones of favourite pictures of Alexei but this one always made me a striking impression, like if all the ambivalence of the family is expressed there. Alexei playing tenderly with the pearls of his mother and Alexandra’s expression who expressed the constant fear to see disappearing her only son. The sadness in her face while she is looking at her pearls in her son’s hand, it’s all the tragedy of her life.
.♕ Day 8 (Favourite formal photograph)Equally and hauntingly beautiful, I've always loved those pictures of the two sets of sisters from the Hessian Grand Ducal and Russian Imperial Families. I don't know if this was planned, but I love how Alexandra and Anastasia rested their heads on her elder sister's shoulder.
Gdss Victoria Melita of Hesse and daughter, Pss Elisabeth aka “Little Ella”, 1902