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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Czar Alexander I

Despite being the father of several illegitimate children, Czar Alexander I (1777-1825) was a devout Christian who was behind in 1812 the founding of the Russian Bible Society, which translated the Bible into Russian. During the Napoleonic Wars he corresponded with several evangelical European leaders and as Napoleon’s campaign reached a critical stage the Czar found solace in a mystical pietism and regularly held prayer meetings.

Alexander I, so relished his confrontations with Napoleon that, despite the huge losses of the battlefields of Austerlitz and Borodino, he still wanted to form an alliance with the French and invade British India.

Portrait of Emperor Alexander I

In the autumn of 1825 Czar Alexander undertook a voyage to the south of Russia due to the increasing illness of his wife. During his trip he himself caught a cold which developed into typhus from which he died in the southern city of Taganrog on December 1, 1825.

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