She was the most unaffected, affectionate, and friendly member of the family. By nature, she was the archetypal mother. She loved little children, especially playing with and fussing over them. She loved being with ordinary people: she would talk to the soldiers, asking them about their home life.- Charles Sydney Gibbes
“I would never have married had I known that my time would be so brief.
If I had known that, I would not have taken upon myself double tears.”
Peter the Great:
(1, written).“Leave all to…” (2, spoken). “Anna” He was calling his daughter’s name but was unconscious when she returned to his room. He died the next morning. 1725
Peter II: “Get the sledge ready, I want to go to my sister.” Spoken while delirious. His elder sister had died two years earlier at age 14. 1730
Peter III: “It was not enough then to prevent my reigning over Sweden, and to tear from my head the crown of Russia! They must have my life besides!” 1762
Paul I: “Gentlemen, in heaven’s name, spare me. At least give me time to say my prayers.” Strangled after refusing to sign his abdication. 1801
Alexander I: (1). “What a beautiful day.” (2). “Give me the remedies that you judge necessary.” 1825
Elizabeth Alexeievna: “Do not worry too much about me, but if I dared, I would like to follow the one who has been my very life.” 1826
Nicholas I: “Now I shall ascend to pray for Russia, and for you all. After Russia, I loved you more than anything else in the world. Serve Russia.” 1855
Alexandra Feodorovna: “Niki, I am coming to you.” She’s referring to her late husband, Nicholas I of Russia. She died in 1860, in the Alexander Palace.
Alexander II: “Home to the palace to die…”
His guards heard him utter this phrase after he was attacked with bombs by
anarchists in an assassination attempt.
His stomach and legs were bleeding profusely and he died hours later in the Winter Palace. 1881
Alexander III:(1). “I feel the end approaching. Be calm. I am calm.”
“How good!” as the priest placed his hands on his head after he received the Last Rites. 1894
AFTER THE COLLAPSE OF THE ROMANOV DYNASTY
Nicholas II: “What? What?” He uttered those words in shock after he was told that he, his wife, five children and four servants would be shot immediately. 1918
“Tell me why?
I have never been involved in politics. I loved sports, played billiards, and was interested in numismatics.” 1918
St. Elizabeth Feodorovna: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Those words were reportedly uttered by Elizabeth shortly before she was struck in the head and thrown in an abandoned
mine shaft. 1918
Dmitri Constantinovich: “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Spoken while he and other 3 Romanovs were being lined up to be shot. 1919
Nothing happens here. Literally, 2,859 words of nothing happening. And not even well written nothing. Sorry. If I can, I’m going to finish this tonight, so you can just skip this chapter and wait for the end (or skip both!).
Even by Quinjet, the flight time between North
America and Wakanda was long. The jet was equipped with excellent AI and
autopilots, but Natasha and Steve liked to stay at the controls, at least while
they were flying over occupied lands.
Once the jet was clear of the continent and there was nothing but
Atlantic as far as the eye could see, they finally switched to the autopilot
and both sat back. Steve continued their earlier conversation, as if there’d
barely been a pause; it had been playing in his mind throughout the flight.
“So, you think we can find a way to remove the
triggers, really?” They’d had this conversation so many times before, but he
needed constant reassurance, that there was hope. Natasha didn’t mind, she
could sense how close he was at times to losing faith, was always happy to try
and talk him around, help him remain optimistic.
“Someone put those triggers in there. So,
there’s got to be a way to get them out. And now we have another tool…” her
eyes flicked to the back of the jet, where the Shadow sat, still, lost in a
world of her own. “… it could be the thing that helps.”
This is the seventh installment in a series of book recommendations, all of which will introduce you to kickass women from mythologies around the world, all of them written by women. All books listed had to pass the following criteria:
Be written by a woman
Have a woman as (one of) the protagonist(s)
Feature Russian or Slavic mythology
This recommendation list comes on the heels of the Asian mythology rec list, because I really wanted to include Russia (which falls under both Asian and Slavic mythology), but I wanted to keep the country as a whole in one post. @kostromas
(x) and @lamus-dworski (x) (x) were kind enough to take some time answering my questions.
While I mainly looked for books ft. Russian and Slavic mythologies (I used this Wiki file as a measure to determine the Slavic region), I also include a few books with other origins, such as Norway and various Eastern European countries, because I think - out of all the recommendation posts I have done and plan to do - this is the one they would fit best in.
Please note as well that there is a lot of overlap among most of these cultures, with different versions of a character appearing in many, so some of the below classifications may be rather arbitrary (I usually go with what’s 1) listed in the summary, then see if 2) the writer specifies a culture, or if 3) readers had helpful input).
UPDATE: It’s been brought to my attention that this post could do with some clarification and additions. To start with, I’d like to address the small number of books listed under Slavic. I don’t mean to say that only the countries listed are Slavic countries. The list is as limited as it is because I found it difficult to locate books that met all the above listed criteria, and an unconscious fifth - that they be written in English. If you take out any one of those criteria, a larger pool of books would open itself up, and I encourage you to consider that as an option.
While I understand that limiting these lists to books written in or translated into English is not ideal, I also don’t think I am the right person to judge which books written in Slavic languages should be included, as I am not Slavic and don’t speak or read Slavic languages. Readers should be aware though, that reading a book featuring Slavic mythologies or cultures, which are not written by someone who identifies as Slavic, may promote a stereotypical or otherwise harmful depiction of those cultures.
Moreover, those authors who do hail from the relevant region are more likely to be published if they don’t push the envelope too much to be acceptable for a generic Western audience. Therefore, additional reading of books on and / or featuring Slavic mythologies or cultures can aid in understanding the context of these tales. I have listed a couple of books in the honourable mentions with that in mind, and I have decided to add an asterisk (*) to all works written by an author who is confirmed as hailing from the region their work is set in. Typically, I’ve listed one or two books per author, but do check for their other writing.
Finally, I should add that I might have made a mistake in including Russia in this list. This was done because I wanted to keep the country in one post, rather than splitting it between the Asian list and this one. The Asian one was sufficiently long I didn’t want to add it there, but I might have been better off creating a completely separate list for it rather than including it here.
With the above reasons in mind, I have decided to move the Slavic section up, I have added a number of entries throughout, and expanded the resources list at the bottom.
We must give a strong country to baby (Alexei). Be firm, Russia loves to feel the whip, its their nature. How I wish I could pour my will into your veins. Be Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, crush them all under you.
The last Romanov patriarchs at their Coronation Mass, painting by Laurits Regner Tuxen, c. 1898.
“The coronation in Moscow on May 26th 1896 was the most opulent
celebration which I ever witnessed. It bordered close to the Oriental
and lasted for 10 days. In Moscow the cathedral was filled with
paintings on gold ground of saints and all priests were dressed in gold
robes applied with embroidery and precious stones. A very deep feeling
of mysticism was in all the ceremonies and you could feel the tradition
of Byzance… And following the prayer for the Emperor he gets up and
then is the only person standing at that moment in the whole Russian
Empire… To look at all this must have been like a fantastic dream
because the sun was shining an all.” - Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse, Brother of Empress Alexandra, Grandson of Queen Victoria
anyways a Rasputin cameo in the musical would have been SO COOL if he had been the one to help Alexei up after he falls over in the Last Dance of the Romanovs.
granted, this would still be historically inaccurate since Rasputin was murdered in 1916 but at least it would have been more truthful to his actual role in the Imperial Family’s lives and lbr, anything is better than decaying corpse who caused communism.