The House of Romanov. The Zemsky Sobor of 1613
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For this collection were selected materials from the collections of the following institutions: the Library of Congress, the Library of the Moscow Theological Academy, the Vladimir Regional Universal Scientific Library named after M. Gorky, the Tretyakov Gallery, the State Public Historical Library, the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the State Historical and Literary National Park and Museum of A. S. Pushkin, the Moscow Regional State Scientific Library named after N. K. Krupskaya, the National Library of the Republic of Karelia, the Omsk State Regional Scientific Library named after A. S. Pushkin, the “Nashe Radio” station, the Russian State Library, the Russian National Library, the Russian State Film and Photo Archive, the Russian State Historical Archive, the Ryazan Oblast Universal Scientific Library named after M. Gorky, the North-West Academy of Public Administration, the “Centre of National Movie” studio, the Tobolsk State Historical and Architectural National Park and Museum, the Center of Information Technologies and Systems of Executive Authority - CITIS.
On February 21 (March 3), 1613, Zemsky Sobor that gathered in Moscow elected the sixteen-years-old Mikhail Fyodorovich Romanov to the throne. The elect was belonging to an ancient boyar family and accounted a grandnephew of the first wife of Tsar Ivan IV the Terrible. On top of that, his candidature ultimately suited all the warring parties. The proclamation of the new tsar is not only marked the beginning of the dynasty, which replaced on the historical scene the Rurik family, but also summed up the time of troubles, severe internal and external crisis, tortured Russia in the early XVII century.
The men's line of direct descendants of Mikhail Fyodorovich was interrupted in 1730 with a death of the Emperor Peter II, a female one - with Elizabeth's death in 1761. Afterwards, the descendants of the daughter of Peter I - Anna and Duke Charles Frederick of Holstein-Gottorp occupied the throne of the Russian Empire. In the genealogical literature reigned in Russian dynasty was called Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov. However, the name “Romanovs” and “House of the Romanovs” also continued to be widely used.
During the XVII century the royal family was quite small. Until 1682 a son and a grandson of Tsar Mikhail Fyodorovich - the tsars Aleksey Mikhailovich and Fyodor Alekseyevich had been mounting the throne one after another. In 1682, as a result of the political struggle two tsars were crown at once. Joann Alekseyevich, a son of Alexei Mikhailovich from his first marriage with Maria Ilyinichna (nee Miloslavskaya) became an “elder” Tsar, Peter Alekseyevich, a son of Alexei Mikhailovich from his second marriage with Natalia Kirillovna (nee Naryshkina) - the “younger” one. In 1682-1689 years their older sister Princess Sophia was a regent for John and Peter. A diarchy formally ended with the death of Joann Alekseyevich in 1696.
In 1721, Peter Alekseyevich took the title of emperor. From the tsar dynasty Romanovs turned into the imperial dynasty.
The situation with the Imperial throne during the XVIII century became even more perplex. Peter I issued a law according to which the emperor had the right to choose his successor. However, the great reformer died and never named the future emperor. A sequence of palace take-overs, when the nomination of the new monarch affirmed by means of the Guards infantry, followed after his death. Only in 1797 Paul I changed a procedure of succession to the throne. Crown began handed from one to the other following the male line in the order of primogeniture. In 1820 Alexander I amended and supplemented his father's law that considered unequal marriages of members of the imperial family as morganatic and deprive the possible offspring of such marriages of a right to the throne.
Since the end of the XVIII century the Russian Imperial House began to form. By the middle of the XIX century a few grand-ducal lines stood out, received basing on the names of the four sons of Nicholas I the conventional names Alexandrovichs, Konstantinovichs, Nikolaevichs, Mikhailovichs. The Grand Dukes, closely associated with the emperors with family ties, were holding the key military posts, were directly involved in the work of state bodies, influenced the cultural development of the country.
Overgrown imperial family requested more spending. In 1886 Alexander III approved the “Proposition on the royal family”, according to which the title of the great princes remained only for the children and grandchildren of the Emperor, great-grandchildren became “princes of the royal blood” with the reduction of benefits and privileges.
During the February Revolution of 1917, Russia was proclaimed a republic. Nicholas II and his brother Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich abdicated. The fate of the Romanovs after the October Revolution of 1917 was tragic. In the years 1918-1919 in Ekaterinburg, Alapaevsk, Perm, St. Petersburg seventeen members of the royal family were killed, including Nicholas II, who was shot with his family. The rest of the Romanovs occurred in exile.