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Throughout the 20th century many books have been written about the fall of the Romanov Empire in Russia. It was a dynasty that had been in power for over three hundred year and ends with the last Romanov family being murdered. Tsar Nicholas and his family have been made famous through the many movies and books that tell of their tragedy. Over the past 80 years the Romanov story has become legend, like a fairy tale; but in this fairy tale one man stands out. This man, Rasputin, although he was not royalty, was close to the family and had a hand in its downfall. Rasputin Gregory Yefimovich was a peasant and a self proclaimed holy man. He was born in 1872 in the Siberian village of Pokrovskoye to a simple village family. He faced many tribulations early in his life. He lost his mother at and early age and the death of his brother followed shortly after. Growing up he was looked upon negatively for the trouble that he was involved in. Even at a young age villagers always discussed his eccentric personality. However, he married around 1889 and had four children. In 1901 he left his family on a pilgrimage which took him to many holy places in Siberia and Russia. All the way he preached and he soon became known not only for his supposed healing powers, but the sexual exploits that he was involved in as well. In 1903 Rasputin found himself in St. Petersburg, Russia. There he became well known in the high class circles as an extraordinary spiritual man. Popular religion, exoticism and spiritualism were all fashionable at the time in the Russian aristocracy's inner circles. Through these fads, Rasputin made a name for himself and in 1905 he met the ruler of Russia himself, Tsar Nicholas. At the time it was just becoming known t... ... middle of paper ... ...d seem to focus on one part of Rasputin's life and to each a different part. These writers are not merely just fiction authors, they are known in the academic world as authoritative figures on the subject that they are writing on. However, that doesn't mean that they are not affected by the myth surrounding Rasputin. What is true is that each author wrote the best book that they could with though material that was available to them. Works Cited Liepman, Heinz. Rasputin and the Fall of Imperial Russia. New York: Rolton House Inc., 1959. Massie, Robert K. Nicholas and Alexandra. New York: Ballentine Books, 1967. Pares, Sir Bernard. The Fall of the Russian Monarchy. New York: Random House Inc., 1939. Radzinsky, Edvard. The Last Tsar. New York: Doubleday, 1992. Radzinsky, Edvard. The Rasputin Files. New York: Doubleday, 2002.
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