Grigori Rasputin is one of the most notorious names in Russian history - and his piercing eyes, creepy gaze, greasy hair, and bushy beard only add to the mystique surrounding him. The Mad Monk, as he has been called, was a figure of both fascination and outrage in the years leading up to the Russian Revolution. And in the century since the revolution, time has done little to diminish interest in the Black Monk.
Rasputin was a self-made holy man whose interest in spirituality and mysticism brought him from the fields of Siberia to the imperial court in St. Petersburg in the early 20th century. The Romanovs employed him to help heal their ill son, Alexei Romanov. Soon, Rasputin was influencing the entire government, not just the health of the heir to the throne. For that, he made more enemies than friends, and played a political game that would lead to his death. He preceded his imperial patrons to the grave by two years.
Rasputin had a controversial life and a mysterious death, so actual facts about him are sometimes hard to separate from legend. Enough tantalizing glimpses remain to piece together the life of a self-styled monk who was unapologetic about his earthly gaze.
He Was A Self-Styled Holy Man Who Claimed He Had Mystical Abilities
Ladies In The Imperial Court Obsessed Over Him Despite His Terrible Hygiene
He Helped The Tsarevich During His Painful Episodes Of Hemophilia
Rumors Emerged That The Tsarina Was Having An Affair With Him
He Was Criticized For Having A Strong Political Presence In The Royal Court
He Was So Hated By The Public That People Tried To Take His Life