Today in History - July 12th. 1596 - Michael I of Russia

Mikhail Fyodorovich Romanov was born on July 12th. 1596 in Moscow
as the son of Feodor Nikitich Romanov and Kseniya Shestova.

Michael I of Russia - Source picture: Wikipedia

When Michael was young he lived with his mother and family in the Ipatiev
Monastery near Kostroma. 

On February 21st. 1613, Michael was elected as Tsar by the Zemsky Sobor,
the Russian feudal Parliament Council.

A delegation brought Michael the news and his mother protested against the
coronation because she tought her son was too young and inexperienced for
such a difficult task in such difficult times. On July 22nd. 1613, Michael was 
crowned as Tsar at the age of 16!

In 1624, Tsar Michael I married for the first time. 
His bride was Maria Vladimirovna Dolgorukova. 
Four months after the wedding, she died while giving birth.

Michael I of Russia - Source picture: Wikipedia

On February 5th. 1626 Tsar Michael married for the second time.
Eudoxia Streshneva was chosen from several noble maidens.
They had 10 children, 6 from them died in childhood. 

Eudoxia Streshneva had a very difficult time at court. She was totally
depended on her mother-in-law, whose grip had been felt in her
every day life. 

Michael I of Russia died on July 12th. ! 1645. He was the first Tsar
of the House of Romanov. 
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