Sergei Solomko - Nastasia Mikulichna
This is one of my favorite characters of the Russian medieval epic poems - byliny. Her name is Nastasia Mikulichna, and she is a female warrior (not so typical for Early Middle Ages, eh?)
Among other epic characters, knights-bogatyrs, she is one of the skillets ones. There are a lot of stories like “Nastasia met some cool famous warrior, defeated him and then let him go, because what else she could do with such a weak”.
30 Day Romanov Challenge♔ VI- Favourite Prince
"I could not answer the ceaseless inward question—WHY I thus suffered; now, at the distance of—I will not say how many years, I see it clearly.” - Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia was a grandson of Emperor Alexander II. Form the beginning his life was stifled by tragedy and characterized by complexity: his mother, Grand Duchess Alexandra Georgievna, died in childbirth giving Dmitri life. Dmitri and his sister, Maria Pavlovna, were later taken from their father, Paul Alexandrovich, when he eloped with a commoner, and sent to live with their Uncle Sergei. Dmitri’s uncle, aunt Ella, and cousins Nicky and Alix tried desperately to keep the troubled Dmitri in line, but he nonetheless became an alcoholic and prone to deep depression. Whilst living with the Imperial Family in winter 1912-13 at the Alexander Palace, he was strongly considered potential (and according to one report was betrothed to) for the tsar’s beautiful daughter Grand Duchess Olga. But he soon became wrapped up in the controversial and enigmatic life of Felix Yusupov, beginning a romantic affair with him and thus causing Olga to reject him. Dmitri soon moved out of Alexander Palace and lived in his own household, which Felix helped him decorate and even lived with him for a time. Though inflamed with jealousy when Felix married, the two continued their relationship, eventually leading to the murder of Rasputin in 1916.
We cannot begin to imagine the sense of betrayal Nicky and Alix felt, but we do know Dmitri was sent to the Persian front, which ended up saving his life. In exile, he became estranged from Felix for his speaking of the murder—which Dmitri regretted bitterly and sadly—and later married—and then—divorced a young woman named Audrey. He also had a famous romantic affair with Coco Channel in spring 1921. Dmitri died at the relatively young age of 50 on 5 March 1942, survived by one son named Paul.
The Summer Garden Chapel, St. Petersburg (Letny Sad)
The Summer Garden, positioned on an island in St. Petersburg between the Moika and Fontana Rivers and Lebyazhay Canal, was, and continues to be to this day, a popular and beautiful 11.7 hectare park. On its property is the Summer Palace, which was Peter the Great’s original residence, and is today open to the public as a museum.
It was also the location in which, on 4 March 1866, D.V. Karakozov attempted to assassinated Emperor Alexander III at the gate of Nevskaya Fence. The Emperor survived, and commissioned a stone chapel was built on the place in which narrowly escaped death (this, sadly would come later in 1881). Unfortunately the chapel was destroyed by Bolsheviks in 1930, and never rebuilt.
Above are scenes of the chapel in 1900; the coloured photo-chrome showing police officers at the guard, and below, a picture of the same entrance, today. [x]