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Title: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Grand_Duke_Alexei on November 24, 2004, 07:55:28 PM
There are rumors everywhere saying that Alexander I faked his death, and lived on as a monk so that he would not have to be tsar.  People say that the Soviet Government opened his coffin in the 1920's and found it empty.  Is there an axtual record of this?  Has anyone actually re-opened the coffin?
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Annie on November 24, 2004, 09:06:37 PM
Yes, that is an intriguing story! I heard it was empty too, and that he did appear later dressed as a monk. We have a couple other threads on this, I think one is in Imperial Russian history. This is a good mystery!
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Grand_Duke_Alexei on November 24, 2004, 09:27:04 PM
I just now read that thread, seems that it wasn't discussed very extensively.  I read somewhere before where it gave a location of where he might have escaped to, (I want to say South-something), I will have to look it up.  I am surprised that there were no people claiming to be decendants of Alexander.  I never understood what fun claimants got out of confusing people and wasting their time with lies, (Although, I do give some respect to AA and a few others, at least they were smart enough to actually come up with stories that people believe, I am NOT saying that AA was Anastasia though)  Anyways, my memory is a little fuzzy, does anyone know how Alexander was "killed", if I am not mistaken, he was shot somewhere public?
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Robert_Hall on November 24, 2004, 10:00:45 PM
The Soviet government made no report on opening of his tomb.
He supposedly died of some fever disease, there is an autopsy report.
The legend has him running off to be a hermit/monk. I guess that does not inspire pretneders nor descendants.
Cheers,
Robert
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Olga on November 25, 2004, 12:28:45 AM
He supposedly ran off and took the name of Fyodor Kuzmich.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Grand_Duke_Alexei on November 26, 2004, 08:08:40 PM
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He supposedly ran off and took the name of Fyodor Kuzmich.


Any idea why he might have chosen this name?  Was it a random choice or did it have some kind of meaning?
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Robert_Hall on November 26, 2004, 08:21:09 PM
It was the name of one of Alexanders servants. I think it also had a connection with a family that provided him papers.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Mandie, the Gothic Empress on November 26, 2004, 08:21:16 PM
Did Alexander's wife Elisabeta Alexeiovna had a lover? Prince or Count Adam?
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Grand_Duke_Alexei on November 26, 2004, 08:42:49 PM
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It was the name of one of Alexanders servants. I think it also had a connection with a family that provided him papers.


Do you happen to remember the servant's name and what happened to him?
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Robert_Hall on November 26, 2004, 08:50:20 PM
The family was Osten-Sacken, the servant was Fyodor Kuzmich Ovcharov, a Cossack.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Sarai on November 27, 2004, 04:44:26 PM
I don't know much about Alexander I aside from these rumors about his death, but I have read some potentially disturbing and controversial statements about his relationship with his sister Catherine. It seems that she was his favorite sister and he was very reluctant for her to marry, declining many of her suitors.

The book The Grand Duchesses explains: "Some historians have claimed that she was trying to break away from an incestuous relationship with her brother, pointing out the excessive terms of endearment used in his letters and his reluctance to allow her to marry. There was an excessive devotion on Alexander's part, but I [the author] think their relationship was never consummated. Grand Duchess Catherine Pavolvna may have become frightened by it as she became older and gained more knowledge of life. In Alexander's defense, we have to remember that he was raised in complete separation from his sisters and saw little of them until the older ones were attractive young women."

So it seems from reading this that there was some attraction at least from Alexander's part, but not from Catherine's. From the paintings of Alexander's sisters presented in the book, she certainly seemed to be the most beautiful. Regardless of the fact that Alexander was not raised with his sisters and only knew them when they were attractive women, the mere fact of knowing that they were his sisters should have made them off limits to any infatuation. So, is this just another rumor surrounding Alexander or was there some truth to this?
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Lisa on November 27, 2004, 04:55:33 PM
Feodor Kuzmich
(http://www.pravoslavie.ru/sas/image/fedor-kuzmich.jpg)
(http://pravoslavie.tomsk.ru/i/53/23/0/portret_fedor_kuzmich.jpg)

http://www.dergava.tomsk.ru/english/news/
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Fay on July 01, 2005, 02:53:00 PM
From many sources I have learned that Alexander Pavlovich was a very handsome man. Does anyone have pictures that could prove it? I'd be very much obliged :)
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Grand Duke on July 02, 2005, 12:52:30 PM
(http://www.library.yale.edu/slavic/coins/images/portraits/Alexander1.jpg)
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Grand Duke on July 02, 2005, 02:02:58 PM
(http://www.wargame.ch/wc/nwc/newsletter/June2001/images/AlexanderHorse.gif)
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Grand Duke on July 02, 2005, 02:09:38 PM
(http://wwweng.gov.spb.ru/Pictures/1003480844.jpg)
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Grand Duke on July 02, 2005, 02:10:14 PM
Fay,

what do you think? Was Alexander I handsome?
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Finelly on July 02, 2005, 04:46:07 PM
Uh.......no.

But probably in those times, he fit the standard of handsomness!
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: jackie3 on July 03, 2005, 01:48:40 PM
Alexander I was tall, blonde and fit. He was also pretty smart and the ruler of the largest nation in the world, which even then was clouded in mystery by most Europeans.

When you compare him to other rulers of the time - like the overweight Prince Regent of England (George IV), the spindly Prince of Orange, the interbred Hapsburgs and Bourbons and the short egomaniacal Napoleon you can see how he would have stood out.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Fay on July 03, 2005, 03:30:12 PM
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Fay,

what do you think? Was Alexander I handsome?


Uh... not so bad ;) Jackie3's put my imaginings into words pretty well. I also heard that he used to wet his trousers so it would show his magnificent shapes better. If it's true, then he must have been quite vain ;D
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: cantacuzene on July 04, 2005, 05:48:12 AM
Oh. Take a glance over Carlo alberto of Savoy, Jerome Bonaparte or Joaquin Murat. These are byzantine discussions
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: hikaru on July 04, 2005, 01:48:40 PM
Now, In Hermitage there is a wonderful exhibition about Alexandr I. This exhibition will take place till October.
There are a lot of unique documents, closes, portraits etc. connected with Alexandr and his wife.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: AGRBear on July 05, 2005, 02:43:14 PM
Someone must have a portrait of Alex. I in his youngher years.  All those above show his receeding hairline.

I'm not sure I'd call him good looking but he did pose a handsome fiqure and was very pleasant to look upon....

I understand he gave his lady friends a gemstone that would turn color if he found them pleaslng.  Added to this was: The warmer the heart, the better the color.

Now, I'm going to have go did up that data and find the name of the stone, which I think became known with his name attached... Alexandrite

If I remember correctly, Elizabeth, his wife, loved him but it wasn't in love with her until shortly before his death/disaperance  and they had only a short period of time in this marital bliss....

I have a couple of old books and will go and see if I can't find a portrait of him in his earlier years.

AGRBear
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: hikaru on July 05, 2005, 02:59:46 PM
Alexandrite was named after the Alexandr II.
This stone was found  approximately when Alexandr II was murdered so the stone name became Alexandrite.

Alexandr I considered as most handsome of Russian Emperors.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Grand Duke on July 05, 2005, 05:45:53 PM
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I also heard that he used to wet his trousers so it would show his magnificent shapes better. If it's true, then he must have been quite vain ;D


Alexander I wet his trousers with water, right?  :-/
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Fay on July 06, 2005, 07:22:44 AM
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Alexander I wet his trousers with water, right?  :-/


lol Of course, Grand Duke ;D
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Dominic_Albanese on July 09, 2005, 03:20:55 PM
I just posted under the news thread info on a new exhibition in the Hermitage on Alexander I.  Here's the link:

http://hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/04/2005/hm4_1_103.html

dca
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: leanora on July 10, 2005, 07:43:27 PM
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Uh.......no.

But probably in those times, he fit the standard of handsomness!


???  No one can be judge only by portraits... portraits show anything about the manners, the behaviour, the attitude, the posture, the voice, the gesture, the attractiveness, the kindness ..a handsome man for me is is not only a man with an attractive face.. there are so many things to take in count.  I ever read that Alexander I Pavlovitch was said really attractive. He was said also well-built and healthy... I find it was an handsome and attractive man for a lot of good reasons, not only for his features or his face .
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: cantacuzene on July 17, 2005, 05:15:17 AM
Gandhi. Would you marry me?
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: cimbrio on July 28, 2005, 12:24:52 AM
Even if he were handsom, I doubt he washed a lot :D like most people at the time...too many baths were an excess :P I wouldn't havemarried anyone even if they'd been the handsomest of people and the richest of Russians! Well...maybe if they were rich enough...we all have a price  :D
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: kenmore3233 on August 03, 2005, 11:36:11 PM
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From many sources I have learned that Alexander Pavlovich was a very handsome man. Does anyone have pictures that could prove it? I'd be very much obliged :)


Alexander was definitely known for his sex life. His romantic partners included, among others, Queen Louise of Prussia and Josephine DeBeauharnais, the ex-wife of Napoleon. He was also involved with Josephine's daughter.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: leanora on August 21, 2005, 12:51:10 PM
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Alexander was definitely known for his sex life. His romantic partners included, among others, Queen Louise of Prussia and Josephine DeBeauharnais, the ex-wife of Napoleon. He was also involved with Josephine's daughter.

???

Hmmm, We haven't read the same things, apparently

For my part, I ever read that Alexander I was not particularly "hot" for sexual relations. He liked to attract women.  But in fact he was never fond of sexual relations. The case of Queen Louise (queen of prussia) is a good example.there was a big attraction between  Alexander I and Louise of Prussia. But their love affair was never more than a simple flirt. it seems that the emperor used to lock the door of his bedroom when he was in official visits in Pussia, because he was afraid the queen (or any other young woman) to slip into his bed. This was the same things for most of the women that Alexander I met in his life.



Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Fay on August 22, 2005, 09:36:19 AM
However it was, after all this napoleonic mess he became very religious, even a mistic, and there was no place for sexual matters in his life anymore. His obsession with God and Christianity was one of the reasons he left his lover and came back to his wife , for example.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: imperial angel on April 12, 2006, 10:16:53 AM
I think he was defintely attractive compared to some of  his contemporaries. As for today's standards, it's hard to tell from old portraits, but not so much. Of course attraction lies in other things than just purely looks. I myself don't find him attractive/handsome, but I can see why contemporaries did. He did have as many mistresses as any other Russian ruler in his younger days, but they weren't the famous people some mentioned.Those were more flirtations, if you will.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: imperial angel on April 13, 2006, 11:25:54 AM
Does the Royal lovers topic still exist? -It souns interesting.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: GD Alexandra on April 26, 2006, 09:28:08 PM
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Does the Royal lovers topic still exist? -It souns interesting.
Only in the Discussion about Iberian Royalty...maybe we should re-open the subject, It really must be interesting.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: imperial angel on April 27, 2006, 11:00:59 AM
Yes, it must be. I will look it up. I guess I don't frequent that thread.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Laura Mabee on November 04, 2006, 03:37:37 PM
When thinking back to Alexander I and his "reforms" and reign, would you say that he was a pushover? Or do you think his reforms were made through strong will?

To be honest, I am confused. I've been reading over many sources and they all seem to be pointing in different directions. Overall it seems that Alexander I did not let people 'make his decisions' but rather kept friends and good councillors near him to support his ideas. If the men were of like minds with him, (which they all seemed to be for the most case) he would listen to their ideas (provided they showed an orderly, rational, or militaristic fashion to them).
When looking at Speransky, it seemed that the two men were rather like in mind, particularly through 1810-1812.  What about Arakcheev, does anyone feel that he overpowered the Tsar with his own opinions?

I would love all opinions and suggestions for sources.
Thanks so much!
Warmest,
Laura :)
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Yseult on November 05, 2006, 11:08:03 AM
Laura, from my point of view, Alexander was more a pushover. Of course, he had the education of a great prince born in the Age of Enlightenment since his paternal grandmother Catherine trusted him to the swiss tutor Frederic Caesar de Laharpe. Laharpe followed the intellectual line traced by the men who regarded themselves from a elite with a mission: to lead the world into progress, taking away irrationality, doubtful superstition and tyranny. The old ways needed to be replaced by new ways of government.

Of course, Catherine was wise enough, or maybe pragmatical enough, to select a second tutor on Alexander: Nikolay Saltykov, a militar who had not the deep beliefs of Laharpe about love of mankind. He was choosen to teach Alexander all the traditions of Russian authocracy.

I think that Alexander was an authocrat with a truly desire of made great reforms, but this was not a new thing in the Russian story. The brief tsar Feodor III, under the influence of his polish friends, made a number of reforms. The regent Sophia Alexeyevna, with his famous advisor prince Golytsin, made a number of reforms. The tsar Peter the Great made a lot of reforms. The german friends of tsarina Anna Ivanovna or later the ministers of Elisabeth Petrovna made a good deal of reforms, too. Catherine tried to enlightened his reign. Paul tried to balanced the reforms of his hated mother reign with his own chivalric ideals. So, Russia was into a large, very large, process of reforms. Of course, Alexander took all this inheritance and go straight ahead...but always with a great support.

I believe that Alexander was seriously damaged by his childhood, when he was always emotionally torn between his grandmother (who adored him) and his father (who suffered a great jealousy to him, because it was said that old Cat wished to be succeeded not for her son, but for her grandson). Alexander became a man who needed a good deal of support. He had his entourage...all these men: Victor Kochubey, Nikolay Novosiltsev, Adam Jerzy Czartorisky, Pavel Stroganof, Mikhail Speransky... They were his "guiding lights", the candles who lighted the path to follow it. Of course, I can be wrong, but I think that without all these men encouraging him, Alexander never had done all that he done.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: imperial angel on November 05, 2006, 07:07:46 PM
Alexander was a complicated man, I have read much about him, and he seems an enigma still at the end. He was very much of the enlightenment education, and tried to do his best to rule this way, but it doesn't seem to have been very extensive, or to have made much of an impact, although I could be wrong. His grandmother, Catherine, never accomplished all the reforms she wished, largely out of practical considerations, so her youthful idealism disapeared. It was rather this way with Alexander as well, that he perhaps intended to do more than he did early on when he had such promise, or later. He might have got lost in ideas rather than action, and I think his childhood was a strange one, his grandmother wanted him as her heir literally, and also in the realm of thought, but he was more complicated than that.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: ilyala on November 06, 2006, 02:58:37 AM
he was very popular compared to his father. when he came to the throne he was seen as the hope of the nation. the way he handled napoleon was also perceived as quite heroic (although he was quite a duplicitary person). i think he worked quite a lot at his image and that his image helped sugarcoat his more autocratic tendencies. i understand he started off well but ended up being paranoid and controlling.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: imperial angel on November 06, 2006, 08:33:19 AM
He did start off well. I think he wanted to have a good image, but although his grandmother had groomed him in a more modern take on her own image, it seems he never really followed it. At first he did try to be seen as an enlightening and reforming ruler, but later on not so much. He was someone, who like his grandmother may have prefered the image to the reality, but in his case for the wrong reasons. He may have wanted to be seen as a reforming ruler, but he may not have been as conflicted about the issues of reforms, etc as his grandmother was, even if she never carried much of that stuff out.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: LisaDavidson on December 27, 2006, 05:25:06 PM
I usually avoid answering questions such as this because in my experience, most people do not neatly fit into categories such as "pushover" or "strong willed". I am sure at times he was both at different times of his life. Historians generally regard him as very enigmatic. I found this to be the case also with Nicholas II, who I was recently writing about. What I think can be said about Alexander I is that he made a very strong impression on Western Europe. I really don't think that someone who could be categorized as a "pushover" would have made such a splash.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: imperial angel on December 28, 2006, 04:48:53 PM
I think we are never going to know who Alexander I really was. He came from a complicated dynasty, at a very complicated point, and he inheirited that legacy. His upbringing, being basically raised in Catherine's image, and to her ideal was one thing that must have been confusing. He didn't grow up with his parents, like his own father, although Paul's example as a ruler or person was scarcely a good one, or encouraging one. He always felt guilty over how he came to the throne, and how his father died, but how could it have been any other way? Akexander's rule was better for Russia than that of Paul.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Laura Mabee on March 07, 2007, 01:59:06 PM
Thank you guys for your replies.   :)
I really enjoyed what everyone thoughts were. I have been doing a lot more reading on Alexander I since September, and think of him as quite an interesting Tsar.
 
I really enjoyed everyone's thoughts on Alexander's impressions on the rest of the world. Do you think his actions with Napoleon were his defining moment as Tsar? I have been rolling over some ideas on what made Alexander I known to the rest of the world. So far, his few reforms are overshadowed by his Conquer of Napoleon. Any thoughts/opinions?
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: imperial angel on March 12, 2007, 06:19:40 PM
I don't really know what defined him. In history, it has become accepted that it was the Napoleon stuff that has defined him. This is maybe because Napoleon was so famous, his reputation overshadows that of many other people, including Alexander I. I don't think it did, but maybe it was his enigma and how he came to the throne that really defined him, since it cast longer shadows over his reign than Napoleon. Napoleon just defined the lives of lots of people, in fact defined European everything at one point, in the years when he was at his height. It is just easy to put Alexander I in that category, too easy in my opinion. You have some great thoughts on Alexander I!
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: polignac on June 13, 2007, 06:00:59 AM
We know Nicholas II's expenses...Are the Alexander I's known?
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Alixz on June 13, 2007, 01:36:44 PM
I have a little from Radzinsky  Alexander II the Last Great Tsar  page 22


"In Tagnrog, the emperor[Alexander I] died swiftly and unexpectedly.  The official diagnosis has been preserved, but it is so vague that it is difficult to guess what disease killed Napoleon's conqueror.  The rumor that reached Moscow right after the news of his death has also survived the centuries; Alexander I did not die.  Another corpse was in the coffin, and the emperor went off to be a hermit in Siberia, to pray and repent for his terrible sin against his father [Paul I].

The arrival of the coffin bolstered the rumor, since the coffin was not opened when the emperor lay in state.  This was the first time that the court said its farewells to a ruler without seeing his face.  Even Peter III and Paul I, who had marks of violence upon them, were laid out to be seen.

The court was told that the heat in Taganrog had caused the body to decay.  But everyone knew that the body had been embalmed.  People repeated the strange words of Prince Volkonsky, that "the Emperor's face, despite the embalming, had turned black and even the features had changed completely."

Of course in 1894, the same thing happened to Alexander III and that coffin was left open and everyone was required to kiss the portrait that he held in his hands.  It was said that his face was black and that the stench was overwhelming.

Who knows  ???
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: ivanushka on June 13, 2007, 02:26:34 PM
I think he was defintely attractive compared to some of  his contemporaries. As for today's standards, it's hard to tell from old portraits, but not so much. Of course attraction lies in other things than just purely looks. I myself don't find him attractive/handsome, but I can see why contemporaries did. He did have as many mistresses as any other Russian ruler in his younger days, but they weren't the famous people some mentioned.Those were more flirtations, if you will.

I think the key word in describing Alexander is "attractive" rather than "handsome".  Though he seems to have been a reasonably good looking man what seems to have made him stand out was his considerable personal charm.    He appears to have possessed the ability to make anyone he met feel instantly at ease and that is a very seductive thing.  Other royals who possessed this skill were Marie Antoinette - not a conventional beauty but able to convey the impression of being very beautiful indeed - and Mary, Queen of Scots whose allure was legendary.   
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: AGRBear on September 18, 2008, 10:57:49 AM
This is the one I remember most:

I found one too!
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g14/PhantomAngel_photos/njaak22.jpg)
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Elisabeth on September 19, 2008, 12:22:32 PM
I think the key word in describing Alexander is "attractive" rather than "handsome".  Though he seems to have been a reasonably good looking man what seems to have made him stand out was his considerable personal charm.    He appears to have possessed the ability to make anyone he met feel instantly at ease and that is a very seductive thing.  Other royals who possessed this skill were Marie Antoinette - not a conventional beauty but able to convey the impression of being very beautiful indeed - and Mary, Queen of Scots whose allure was legendary. 

I think you're completely off track here, Ivanushka. Mary of Scots was considered very beautiful by the standards of her day - but those standards have changed considerably since the sixteenth century. Likewise, Alexander I was considered incredibly handsome in the early 1800s. To such an extent, that Napoleon himself said, after meeting him, that Alexander was so pretty, that if he had only been a girl, he, Napoleon, would have made love to him.


Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: ivanushka on October 31, 2008, 12:38:50 PM
I completely agree, Elisabeth.  Mary Queen of Scots was considered a great beauty in her day.  However, from all the books I've read on her, the fact that emerges is that her looks alone were only part of her formidable allure.  Apparently she had the most extraordinary personal charm that more often than not could win over enemies to her cause with remarkable ease.  I gather that's why she was known as "the fair devil of Scotland" because her allure was so great that her enemies considered it a gift from the devil.  One writer even suggested that the reason Queen Elizabeth kept declining Mary's repeated requests for a meeting in the early 1560s was that she was wary that this fabled charm might cause her to let down her guard with a woman who was ultimately a rival and a threat.

Sorry, a bit off topic!  I guess the point I was making regarding Alexander was that as well as good looks he appears to have possessed considerable charm which can often enhance the perception of a person's attractiveness.  When Louise of Baden first met him she actually wrote that he wasn't as good looking as she had been led to believe yet quickly she became dazzled by him.   
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Dominic_Albanese on March 18, 2009, 05:27:29 PM
http://www.fotoglif.com/f/jbgy9tok35xw

Alexander used this cradle.

Great pic's, enjoy...

dca
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Dominic_Albanese on March 21, 2009, 10:00:57 AM
I haven't been successful finding any additional info.  The Kremlin website is not updated very often and I haven't been successful finding a kremlin related site that is more up to date.

dca
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on June 12, 2009, 02:23:11 PM
Two portraits of Emperor Alexander I

http://www.artwallpapers.narod.ru/wallpapers/alex12.jpg

Maybe it's just an impression, but in this one I see a resemblance with his brother Nicholas (Emperor Nicholas I)

http://www.artwallpapers.narod.ru/wallpapers/alex13.jpg
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on June 25, 2009, 11:20:07 AM
(http://inlinethumb26.webshots.com/45721/2575775040101857556S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2575775040101857556LkUNLp)
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on June 25, 2009, 11:26:20 AM
(http://inlinethumb40.webshots.com/39399/2025180020101857556S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2025180020101857556eppbuQ)
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on June 27, 2009, 06:55:21 AM
(http://inlinethumb17.webshots.com/29136/2871003250101857556S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2871003250101857556camJuc)
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on June 30, 2009, 02:43:06 PM
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He supposedly ran off and took the name of Feodor Kuzmich.

Any idea why he might have chosen this name?  Was it a random choice or did it have some kind of meaning?

As a matter of fact, there was a general or something by the name of Feodor Kuzmich.  Surprisingly, even Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna said that she and her brother Nicholas II believed in the legend.  I'm pretty convinced myself about Kuzmich being the tsar, and I'm not easily swayed by things like this.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on July 01, 2009, 11:33:50 AM
I didn't know that Nicholas and Olga Alexandrovna believed in the legend, this is very interesting...personally I don't know if to believe that Feodor Kuzmich was actually the Tsar Alexander I or not, I read that his tomb at the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral is empty (according to who opened the tomb)...if so, I guess that the location of his body is still unknown, and so we can't know for sure if he actually died in Taganrog on december 1, 1825...however I believe that this mystery will never be solved.

Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Tina Laroche on July 01, 2009, 11:48:21 AM
Surprisingly, even Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna said that she and her brother Nicholas II believed in the legend.

I've also never heard of this. Could you give me your source, please?
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on July 01, 2009, 12:00:25 PM
There is a topic dedicated only to the mystery of Feodor Kuzmich, please take a look here too, it's very interesting: http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=2185.0
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on July 01, 2009, 02:16:57 PM
Surprisingly, even Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna said that she and her brother Nicholas II believed in the legend.

I've also never heard of this. Could you give me your source, please?

I read this book called "Imperial legend: The Mysterious Disappearance of Tsar Alexander I" by Alexis S. Troubetzkoy.  It has a ton of great info on this subject.  The author had the privilege of interviewing the Grand Duchess about her opinion before she died.
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on August 31, 2009, 03:30:37 PM
(http://inlinethumb26.webshots.com/7769/2726893540101857556S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2726893540101857556VxWoJo)
Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: violetta on October 08, 2010, 04:30:59 PM
the emperor in his study

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Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: violetta on October 08, 2010, 05:17:17 PM
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Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: violetta on October 15, 2010, 11:09:25 AM

I guess here the emperor is posing for an artist

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Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: violetta on October 15, 2010, 11:13:11 AM
The Emperor prays before his trip to Taganrog

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the death of the Emperor

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Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: violetta on October 15, 2010, 02:44:31 PM
Alexander I`s tomb in the Cathedral of St peter and Paul

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Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: violetta on October 20, 2010, 07:56:59 AM
(http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww199/vitavioletta/001.jpg)

the emperor in the public library

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the emperor enters paris

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Title: Re: Emperor Alexander I
Post by: violetta on October 22, 2010, 03:30:29 PM
who are the other 2 emperors with alexander I?

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