Oddities Russian monarchs
It is said that all power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts totally. Russian rulers from different eras were no exception to this rule, and even at a stretch be called ascetic people. About Russian kings and queens, numerous historical anecdotes. Here are some of them.
Peter and Carl
Emperor Peter I - one of the most eccentric Russian rulers.
The Emperor Peter I loved dwarfs since childhood, and during his reign commonplace for noble nobles were midgets contain as jesters. However, Peter himself brought this passion to the extreme. From time to time he ordered to bake a naked midget in a pie to the middle of dinner he suddenly jumped out of his fear of the guests and to the delight of the emperor.
Peter even tried to breed dwarf. At the wedding the king's jester Yakima Volkov and dwarf who served the Queen, had been brought from all over Russia more than seventy dwarfs, mostly poor peasants. They were dressed in specially stitched dresses of European styles, drunk watered wine and made to dance to entertain the audience. The Emperor was very pleased.
Catherine II and the collection of erotica
According to rumors, study, furnished with bespoke furniture with frivolous thread belonged to the private chambers of the Empress in the Gatchina Palace. The room was filled with the best samples of erotic paintings and sculptures, and some of the exhibits were taken from the excavations of Pompeii.
According to the official version, the collection was destroyed in 1950. Save released in the 30s, and a few photographs taken by German officers during World War II. There is a version that is not a secret office was located in Gatchina and Peterhof, and can still be found.
Ivan the Terrible and fake king
In 1575, Ivan IV suddenly abdicated, and declared that henceforth becomes a simple boyar Vladimir Moscow. He handed the throne baptized Tatar Simeon Bekbulatovich, a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. Simeon was formally crowned king in the Assumption Cathedral and Ivan lived in Petrovka. From time to time the king had sent a retired Simeon petition, which is signed by Ivantsov Vasilyev.
In the first 11 months of the reign of Ivan Simeon his hands back into the coffers of all the lands previously bestowed monasteries and the boyars, and in August 1576 as suddenly took the throne again. Simeon relationship with subsequent kings developed an extremely unfortunate. Boris Godunov ordered to blind him, False Dmitry I made to leave the monastery, SHUISKI exiled to Solovki. Burial place of Simeon is under the foundation of the house of culture Plant Likhachev, on the site where once was located the necropolis of the Simonov Monastery.
Alexander II and his sense of humor
Once Alexander II, passing a small provincial town, decided to visit a church service. The temple was crowded. The local police chief, seeing the emperor, began to clear the way for him among the parishioners fists and shouting: "With respect! With trepidation! "Alexander, hearing the words of the chief of police, laughed and said that he now realizes it is in Russia taught humility and reverence. Another ironic phrase, attributed to Alexander II: "Russia's right is not difficult, but it is meaningless."
Alexander III and the genealogy of
The penultimate emperor, nicknamed Peacemaker (with it the Russian Empire did not participate in the war), loved everything Russian, wore a bushy beard and put up a hard time with the fact that the royal family actually consisted of Germans. Shortly after the coronation of Alexander gathered the closest courtiers and asked them who was really a father Paul I. historiographer Barskov said that, most likely, great-grandfather Alexander was Count Sergei Saltykov. "Thank God!" - exclaimed the Emperor, crossing himself. - "So there is a little Russian blood in me!"
Elizabeth's and women's self-esteem
With the nature of the soft character, the daughter of Peter the Great not only made concessions in matters of fashion and beauty. No one is allowed to copy the style of clothing and hairstyle of Empress or appear at a reception in dress, luxury superior Elizabeth dress. On one of the balls Empress personally cut off along with the hair ribbons and barrettes wife Naryshkin chief steward on the pretext that her hair vaguely reminiscent of the royal.
One day, the court barber after the ball could not wash and comb the hair of Elizabeth, bound together by hairdressers potions. The Empress was forced to shave off his hair. Immediately ladies were ordered to shave bald and wearing black wigs until the abolition of the order. Avoid shaving heads only future Catherine II, recently had a disease, and during her lost hair. Moscow ladies were not allowed to shave his head on the condition that they will hide their hairstyles for black wig.
Paul I and zeal
Paul Petrovich in childhood harbored a passion for strict order, military uniforms and maneuvers. Alexander Suvorov, rumored to have been dismissed from the army command because of statements about the irrelevance of the Russian soldier of the German powdered wig and uncomfortable shoes with buckles. Once Paul spent learning siege, the defenders of which was ordered by all means hang on until noon.
Two hours before the end of the exercise the emperor together with shelves, besieging the fortress came under heavy rain. Commandant of the fortress was ordered to immediately open the gates and let in Paul, but he refused to comply with the order. The Emperor was soaked through. Exactly at twelve o'clock the gates opened, and Paul, in his anger burst into the fortress commandant struck with reproaches. He calmly showed the emperor his own hand signed order. Paul had no choice, as the Colonel praise for diligence and discipline. The commandant immediately received the rank of Major General and was sent under guard to carry rain lasted.
Alexander I and honesty
In recent years, the life of Alexander the First was a very pious man. On Christmas Eve, making a pilgrimage to the emperor briefly stopped at the post office. Going into the house stationmaster, Alexander saw a Bible on the table and asked, how often do the caretaker reads it.
He assured the king that very often. Having sent under some pretext or the caretaker of the room, the emperor put between the pages of Scripture five hundred ruble banknotes (huge money in those days) and left shortly thereafter. After twelve days, in Baptism, Alexander returned to St. Petersburg through the same station.
Seeing the book in the same place, the emperor again asked the warden if he had read the book since they met. Caretaker again fervently assured him that read, more than once. Alexander looked through the Bible - the banknotes were in place. He scolded the superintendent for fraud and ordered to give money for orphans.