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All About History Annual All About History Annual

All About History Annual

Vol 4

Retelling the true stories behind history’s most memorable events, the All About History Annual will transport you back in time. Discover the bloodthirstiness of the tyrannical Vlad the Impaler, ponder the origins of the ancient city of Petra and take a look at the strange ways Victorians dealt with their mortality. Grasp the impact and legacy of monarchs like Cleopatra, Bloody Mary and Louis XIV. Uncover the bizarre rituals and cults of Ancient Rome, follow an account of Hannibal Barca’s quest for vengeance and reveal the origins of the world’s greatest sporting event: the Olympic Games. Then, for some light relief, we lift the lid on the machinations of the various secret service agencies, from the CIA to the KGB. This collection gathers together all the best content from the magazine over the past year, so sit back and immerse yourself in the highlights and low points of our tumultuous past.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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all about history annual

Retelling the true stories behind history’s most memorable events, the All About History Annual will transport you back in time. Discover the bloodthirstiness of the tyrannical Vlad the Impaler, ponder the origins of the ancient city of Petra and take a look at the strange ways Victorians dealt with their mortality. Grasp the impact and legacy of monarchs like Cleopatra, Bloody Mary and Louis XIV. Uncover the bizarre rituals and cults of Ancient Rome, follow an account of Hannibal Barca’s quest for vengeance and reveal the origins of the world’s greatest sporting event: the Olympic Games. Then, for some light relief, we lift the lid on the machinations of the various secret service agencies, from the CIA to the KGB. This collection gathers together all the best content from the…

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inside the twisted mind of russia’s ‘mad monk’ rasputin

For a great deal of time in Russia it was believed that the name Rasputin meant ‘licentious’, and it was this image of the man that became the most prevalent. Rasputin was an accused sexual deviant, a rapist, and ‘Mad Monk’ who played the Russian royals like keys on a piano and whispered dark urges into the tsarina’s ear. Rasputin, however, does not mean licentious at all. Its meaning is closer to, ‘Where two rivers meet’, referring to the place where he was born.Just like his name, the true Rasputin, the man who lived and breathed, has been lost to history and replaced with caricatures; an old man with a long scraggly beard, terrible teeth and even more terrible deeds – but also a doting father, a respected holy man…

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faith or fake?

The wrong drugsAspirin was in use at the time and it is likely it was administered to the heir to help reduce his pain. Rasputin may have rejected the use of this drug, and by doing so unintentionally helped the boy, as aspirin thins the blood and would have worsened Alexei’s condition.Calming presenceAs a holy man it is not out of the question to assume that Rasputin brought a calm, tranquil air to both Alexandra and her son. This reduced stress may have helped the bleeding to gradually slow and stop.DruggingA popular theory at the time was that Rasputin was drugging Alexei with Tibetan herbs. This theory was fuelled by the disconnect people felt towards the imperial family.Good timingOthers believed Rasputin to be less occult and more cunning. It was…

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the power of the mystic

In addition to religious counsel, Rasputin advised on political topicsDouglas Smith is an award-winning historian and translator. He is the author of five books on Russia, including, most recently, Rasputin. He lives in Seattle with his family. To learn more, visit www.douglassmith.infoJust how widespread was the Russian upper-class fascination with mysticism?The turn of the century was a period of intense spiritual searching in Russia. During what became known as Russia’s Silver Age, from roughly 1890 to 1914, the country’s educated classes exhibited a fascination for mysticism and the occult and all manner of the supernatural, from table turning, hypnotism, and chiromancy, to Rosicrucianism, fortune-telling, telepathy, and Theosophy. Hypnotism was more popular in early 20th century Russia than in Western Europe and was a particularly common practice among St Petersburg psychiatrists.…

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the men who killed rasputin

Felix YusupovComing from an extremely wealthy family – richer than the Romanovs – Felix was the oldest surviving male heir to the huge fortune. Although he was clever and quick-witted, he faced criticism for avoiding service during World War I. As the husband of Alexander Romanov’s niece, Princess Irina of Russia, he disliked the influence that Rasputin held over the family, and became a key player in the plot to bring about his downfall.Grand Duke Dmitri PavlovichDmitri was grandson of Alexander II of Russia and after his primary carer, his uncle, was killed by a revolutionary attack, he went to live with the Romanovs. He was known to be something of a playboy and these actions likely ruined plans for him to marry the eldest Romanov daughter, Olga. In his…

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lover of the russian queen

Alexandra had the nickname ‘Sunny’ which her mother and husband called herAlexandra had never really been a popular woman; the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, she was an immensely traditional person, and it was these beliefs that led the imperial family to leave St Petersburg. This disconnect from her own people was fated to be a constant aspect of her life, as she lived in seclusion with her husband and children. As family became her whole life, she leapt at the chance, any chance, to save her only son. The moment Rasputin’s apparent powers bore fruit, she made him a key member of the royal entourage.When Nicholas made the disastrous decision to assume supreme command of the Russian army, the country was essentially run by Alexandra and in turn Rasputin, as…

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