In May 1913, the Emperor Nicholas II, his wife and four children, set off in a flotilla of steamboats down the Volga, echoing the journey undertaken by the first Romanov ruler Mikhail three hundred years earlier. Their pilgrimages to ancient Russian cities formed part of an extravagant national celebration designed to celebrate the supposedly inviolable bond between the Tsar and his loyal people, but just a few years later the Russian Revolution brought the Romanov dynasty to an abrupt end.  This morning of lectures will explore the eventful reigns of the most illustrious of the sixteen Tsars and four Tsarinas who ruled Russia under the Romanov regime, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. As well as discussing questions of art patronage, politics and pageantry, we will also look behind the closed doors of their magnificent palaces to illuminate the often turbulent dramas of their family lives, as well as those of the many Grand Dukes and Duchesses who bore the name of Romanov. 

Two lectures    10:00am - 1pm, with15 minute break
Cost for these 2 lectures by Zoom: £20 


Dr Rosamund Bartlett

Rosamund Bartlett a writer, lecturer and translator whose work as a cultural historian ranges across the arts. She completed her doctorate at Oxford and is the author of several books, including biographies of Chekhov and Tolstoy, and a study of Wagner's influence in Russia. She is currently writing a history of the Russian avant-garde. Her new translation of Anna Karenina for Oxford World’s Classics was published to acclaim in 2014. She has written on art, music and literature for publications such as The Daily Telegraph and Apollo, and received commissions from institutions including the Royal Opera House, Tate UK, and the Salzburg Festival. Her lecturing work has taken her from the V&A and the National Theatre in London to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, and she contributes regularly to Proms events and opera broadcasts on the BBC.