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Mikhail I Fyodorovich Romanov
Michael of Russia
Historical Figure
Nationality: Russian
Religion: Russian Orthodox
Date of Birth: 12 July 1596
Date of Death: 13 July 1645
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Tsar of Russia
Spouse: Maria Dolgorukova (first wife, deceased), Eudoxia Streshneva (second wife)
Relatives: Patriarch Filaret (father, Patriarch of Moscow)
Affiliations: House of Romanov
Appearances:
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): Grantville Gazette IX
1636: The Kremlin Games
Type of Appearance: Direct
Mikhail I Fyodorovich Romanov (In Russian Михаи́л Фёдорович Рома́нов) (12 July 1596 – 13 July 1645) was the first Russian Tsar of the House of Romanov. He was the son of Feodor Nikitich Romanov (later known as Patriarch Filaret) and Xenia (later known as "the great nun" Martha). His reign marked the end of the Time of Troubles.

Michael in 1632Edit

When Mikhail I Romanov had heard about Grantville, he dispatched a team of spies consisting of Boris Ivanovich Petrov, Prince Vladimir Gorchakov, and Grigorii Ensheevich to investigate the town in the hopes that the future technologies would allow Russia to catch up with Western Europe's advances. Upon arriving in Grantville, the spies hired Bernie Zeppi as their researcher for Russia's brain tank. When presented to Mikhail in his court, Bernie gave him an electronic wristwatch as a present.

As czar, Mikhail had considerable formal prestige, but a relatively small role in government. His power was limited by an agreement which the Assembly of the Land (Russian:Zemsky Sobor) had forced on him when he became czar; his father essentially ran the government. Therefore, there were relatively few demands on him, and he had time to read the history of Russia in the OTL, and to think about what he'd read. By the end of 1634, he had realized that serfdom had to end or it would, sooner or later, bring down the Romanov dynasty.

In February of 1635, he took a first step in this direction by proclaiming "Limited Years", in which serfs could buy out of serfdom -- if they moved to Siberia to look for gold or other resources. This started a chain of events which led to him being effectively, but not officially, deposed by Fedor Ivanovich Sheremetev. He and his family were taken to a hunting lodge owned by the Gorchakov family, where they were kept isolated while Sheremetev claimed to be acting in his name.

He was freed in June of 1636, and decided to head east, with the intent of building a Russia without serfdom.


Regnal titles (OTL)
Preceded by
Succession broken due to
Time of Troubles
(throne claimed by Władysław IV Vasa)
preceded as Tsar by Vasili IV
Tsar of all Russia
1613–1645
Succeeded by
Alexis I
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