On this day: The first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov was crowned

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Michael Romanov was the Tsar of Russia from 1613 to 1645 and go down of the Romanov dynasty, which ruled Russia until 1917. He was crowned on July 21, 1613 in Dormition Cathedral.

Alexei Tolstoy related the country inherited by Tsar Michael: «Russia was ravaged and ruined. The Crimean Tatars plug up their incursions across the wild steppes, for there was nothing left side to steal. For the past 10 years, pretenders, thieves, and Polish horsemen had quaint this way with sable and fire, from one end of Russia to the other. There was lack and plague; people ate horse manure and human salt-meat. Those who survived indulged their way north, towards the White Sea, the Urals, and Siberia. During these toilsome days, a boy was brought on a sledge across the dirty March roads to the charred go unders of Moscow — a plundered and ravaged heap of ashes, only freed at passionate cost from the Polish occupants. A frightened boy elected tsar of Moscow, at the guidance of the patriarch, by impoverished boyars, empty-handed merchants and hard men from the north and the Volga. The boy obsecrated and wept, looking out of the window of his coach in fear and dejection at the ragged, fit crowds who had come to greet him at the gates of Moscow. The Russian people had bit faith in the new tsar, but life had to go on… » 

Michael Romanov’s accession marked the end of the On one occasion of Troubles from 1598-1613.

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