Frailty!2 mins 103 2 mins 103
A little kid was cured by Rasputin.
He was the beloved son of Catherine
She had to dance in the courts because
She was Peter's consort, hiding her son!
He was frail because of this obscurity
And didn't know who he was for long!
Big sized hats can not hide one's reality
Catherine amazed all with her iron will
Later this kid travelled around the world
And fell in love with Anna and married her
Just imagine what happened to this
woman between 1761 and 1762.
Somewhere in the fall of 1761, she
fell pregnant by her lover, Grigoriy
Orlov (1734-1783). But she had to hide
it from her husband Peter (1728-1762),
who was to become the next Russian
Emperor after the death of Elizabeth of
Russia. Peter III was a pyromaniac.
Whenever there was a fire in St. Petersburg,
Peter rushed to the place along with his courtiers
and watched the flames consume the buildings.
So when the time came for Catherine to give
birth, her devoted valet Vasiliy Shkurin set his
own house on fire, and the Emperor immediately
jumped into his carriage and left. Catherine gave
the boy a village, named Bobrikovo, to provide
him with financial support. she wrote that Alexey
was a son of some army captain, “who suffered
for Us [the Empress].” Obviously, Catherine
created a legend to hide Alexey’s real origin. Still,
even in this order, she named him “knyaz’ (Prince
Sitsky,” ranking him among the princes Sitsky, an old
branch of the Rurikids that ended in the 17th century.
The last thing Catherine wanted was for her son
to be involved in the court intrigues and to become
one of the pretenders for the Russian throne.
Luckily, this fate never befell Alexey.
He had other problems. Educated in Leipzig with
Shkurin’s sons, in 1774, Alexey returned to Russia,
where he became a disciple of Ivan Betskoy (1704-1795)
A prominent educator, Catherine’s personal secretary
and himself the bastard son of Field Marshal Ivan
Trubetskoy. Alexey, according to Betskoy’s words, had
“a weak constitution, timid, shy, insensitive to anything,
But meek and obedient”. By 13, the boy had only
basic knowledge of French and German, a bit of
maths and a bit of geography. Ivan Betskoy, however,
awoke an interest in the sciences in the young
Bobrinsky from 1775, he bore this surname,
Which came from his village Bobrikovo. Alexey
Enrolled in the First Cadet Corps, where he was
Tutored by José de Ribas (1751-1800), a Spanish
Nobleman in Russian service and the tutor at the Corps