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Friday 16 November 2018 – The Romanovs: Tyrants and Martyrs of Imperial Russia

Lecturer: Douglas Skeggs
Booking Months: September and October
Cost:  to be advised
Location:  Letcombe Regis Village Hall

The study day follows the course of this hard, determined, often brutal dynasty who ruled Russia for over three hundred years, from Peter the Great, the founder of St Petersburg, through his eccentric daughter Elizabeth, to Catherine the Great, the most powerful of all the Empresses of Russia who had no real claim to the throne, and on to the tragic figure of Nicholas II, the last Tsar and one of the most poignant figures in history whose death in a cellar in Ekaterinburg in 1918 ended the reign of this turbulent and ill-fated family.

Lecture 1: “The Blaspheming Bear”: The life of Peter the Great
Lecture 2: “The New Byzantium”: Russia at the time of Catherine the Great
Lecture 3: “The Last Romanovs”: The life and death of Nicholas and Alexandra