Hemophiliac Czarevitch Alexei Sick Again

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, January 14, 1913:  Haven’t spent much time on my studies this evening. At present I am waiting for Ruth to get through with a paper so I can read it.

Alexei Nikolaevich, Heir to the Russain Throne (Source: Wikipedia)

Alexei Nikolaevich, Heir to the Russian Throne (Source: Wikipedia)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

What was in the headlines a hundred years ago today? I’m not sure what was in the newspaper that Grandma and her sister Ruth were reading, but I was surprised to discover that the New York Times had an article about the son of Russian Tsar Nicholas II.

Whew, a hundred years ago Russia was still ruled by a Tsar! Grandma was writing before the beginning of the Soviet Union . . . and before the Russian Revolution.


Heir to the Throne is Again Confined to His Bed

London, Tuesday, Jan. 14—The correspondent in St. Petersburg  telegraphs:

After being present at the Christmas festivities of the garrison at the palace of Tsarskoe Selo, the Czarevitch, who was mysteriously ill in the autumn is again confined to his bed.

The Dowager Empress, who has been suffering from lumbago, is obliged to keep to her bed.

Owing to the unfavorable impression caused by the cancellation of the New Year’s reception, which was to have been held at the Winter Palace today, the Czar with receive the Diplomatic Corps at the palace of Tsarskoe Selo.

New York Times (January 14, 1913)

Alexei, the oldest son of the Tsar had hemophilia –and that’s probably why he was ill a hundred years ago today. His mother Alexandra believed that a monk named Rasputin was the only person who knew how to cure him. As a result Rasputin became extremely powerful. This was seen as scandalous by many in Russia, and helped bring about the Russian Revolution and the end of the Tsars.

Rasputin (Source: Wikipedia)

Rasputin (Source: Wikipedia)

15 Responses

  1. I’ve always loved history beginning with 1913 as that’s the year my father was born. Dad loved history and he brought it alive for me.

  2. The story of Rasputin is very interesting. I have read several books about him. A bit scary that the family of the Tsar trusted him.

  3. Wow, it was a century full of History making changes for sure. Interesting stuff!

  4. Excellent! It’s great that you incorporated what was going on in another part of the world to give us all a better time frame of what 100 years ago really means in terms of history. Who would have thought that those characters from songs and movies were alive so recently, at the same time as our grandparents, or, in my case, great-grandparents.

  5. I love this connection and the realization that the period of the Czars was not in some long-ago era of history, but just yesterday really.

    • When I was in school we studied the founding of the Soviet Union in a history class. It seemed like it had happened eons ago. I now realize that my grandparents probably could remember when it happened. I now wish that I’d thought to ask them about it.

  6. I remember a movie with a mad Rasputin creeping around and popping up before the Czar and all his family, including the poor little prince were taken out and shot. I guess they were shot. Killed at any rate.

  7. I saw a TV movie about Rasputin, too. It was chilling – very mysterious man and such a tragic end for him and the royal family.

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