Mar. 2nd, 2017

In 1905

Mar. 2nd, 2017 06:31 pm
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Nikolasha fancied himself as a medieval knight, still keeping a court of dwarfs, and once demonstrating the sharpness of his sword by cutting one of his borzoi dogs in half before appalled guests. Revering "the divine origin of Tsarist power," he believed that the autocrat possessed "some special secret strength through his anointing." If the tsar ordered him to jump out of a window, "I'd do so without hesitation." Minny [Maria Fyodorovna, Tsar Nicholas II's mother] thought him "a good soldier at heart," but she supposedly said, "He suffers from an incurable disease. He's stupid."

~ Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Romanovs: 1613 - 1918, page 526

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