How the Dynasty Begun With Michael I – The First Romanov

How the Dynasty Begun With Michael I – The First Romanov
11 July 2016

12th July was the birthday of Michael (Михаил) Romanov of Russia. Michael was the first Tsar of the house of Romanov in 1613. The dynasty lasted for 300 years on the Russian throne. Nicholas II and his family celebrated its tercentenary in 1913, but it was to come to an end just four years later with the Russian revolutions of 1917.

Ascension to the Throne

Michael was just 16 when he became Tsar. Historians say that he only took the position reluctantly, out of a desire to prevent the power struggles from continuing. He was elected to be Tsar at the end of the ‘Time of Troubles’ in Russia, which lasted from 1598 until his coronation in 1613. Michael was the nephew of the last Tsar and was related to Ivan the Terrible.

Michael’s family and legacy

Michael married twice, as his first wife died just a few weeks after they married. He had 10 children with his second wife, but only three survived to adulthood. His son Alexey went on to become Tsar of Russia aged 16 when Michael died, as Michael had done. His reign saw the schism in the Orthodox Church and the the 1649 code which wrote serfdom into Russian law. The Romanov family produced some of the most notable Tsars in Russian history – Peter I, Alexander I and II were all descendants of Michael Romanov. The final Romanov was the ill-fated Nicholas II, who died in 1918 along with his family following the Bolshevik Revolution.

Megan Beddoe, currently studying Russian at Liden & Denz Moscow

Posted by Megan Beddoe

Hi! I'm Megan, a university student from the UK, currently studying Russian at Liden & Denz Language Centre in Moscow. My parents live in a small village in Kent, but I go to university in London. I started learning Russian just nine months ago, but I never dreamed I would be spending summer in Moscow studying it! I study history at university, where I have become very interested in Russian history, especially Peter the Great, the Decembrists and Siberia throughout Russian history, so I hope to write about everyday history in the city while I am here. My month in Moscow is the perfect way to absorb as much Russian culture and history as possible, so I can go back to university ready for my final year and to write my dissertation on Siberian Exiles in 17th Century. Outside the classroom, I enjoy playing sports - I have fenced for England and Great Britain and I am captain of the LSE Women’s Basketball Team - and I also love to travel. My favourite places (aside from Moscow of course!) have been Cape Town, for its immense natural beauty, and Budapest, for its fun atmosphere! I love to try local food wherever I go, so I hope to be blogging about the culinary delights of Moscow during my stay here.

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