Anastasia Romanov is the main character of the iconic film Anastasia. However, the film has a lot of historical inaccuracies. Her execution has been the subject of debate, but all this time later, it's believed that Anastasia was indeed executed with the rest of her family. She is one of the most famous girls in history. Let's dive in to find out more about the real life of the Duchess.
Last One Standing
It Was Not All Fun And Games
She Had Some Issues
During The War
The Unfortunate Parents
via: twitterUnfortunately, Nicholas and Alexandra were very bad rulers. It was because of this that the children were subjected to the main outcome that their parents were. They did not care about the people, only about their wealth, and because of that, it meant a cruel fate for them.
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Who Is The Most Clever Of Them All?
via: twitterConsidering Anastasia was known for being a little trickster, it earned her the nickname "imp." Luckily, it was not for a bad reason, it was also because she made people laugh, which is why she constantly visited soldiers during WWI.
via: shuttershockThe daughters of the Romanov family lived a very private life. They grew up away from the public, for a number of reasons. The politics in Russia were shaky, to say the least, and considering they were girls, they were not seen as important as men were, which meant they were not even that important to the public.
via: shuttershockThe execution is definitely one of the most violent moments in history, considering how it happened. The family was set up as though they were about to be painted, or photographed before men came into the room to kill them. They were either gunned down or stabbed.
The Disney Version
via: shuttershockWhile there are naturally many historicals inaccuracies between the Disney film and what really happened, one big misconception is the role that Rasputin played. In the film, he is a magic sorcerer who is obsessed with the downfall of the family. In real life, Rasputin was a friend to the girls, and they even wore amulets around their neck with his picture inside.
Dowager Empress Marie
via: shuttershockIn the movie version, Anastasia's grandmother had already assumed that her family was long gone and did not believe Anastasia when she told her grandmother that it was really her. However, it is said that in real life, Empress Marie truly believed that somehow, her family was still alive, safe, and perhaps even one day they would be reunited.
Did She Survive?
via: shuttershockThere's always been some speculation about Anastasia's survival. For a long time, the public wasn't sure what really happened, but after the bones of a young girl were found near her family's remains, it was assumed they belonged to Anastasia.
Not So Lady-Like
via: gettyimagesAnastasia was known for more than just being clever. She was also a trickster. She enjoyed pulling pranks, climbing trees, and all in all basically acting out. She was not a bad child but often was reprimanded for not acting like a Duchess.
Not The Favorite
via: gettyimagesAlthough she was loved, as all her sisters were, Tsar Nicholas was disappointed when Anastasia was born. Having a male heir was of extreme importance at the time, which meant that although Anastasia was a blessing, she was not what he wanted.
Breaker Of Chains
via: gettyimagesAlthough her name actually means "resurrection", Anastasia was named after the martyr St. Anastasia. She lived during the 4th century, and her title to those who knew of her was "the breaker of chains".
Women Of Skill
via: gettyimagesAlthough the daughters were taught things that would be conceived as specific to their gender, such as sewing and knitting, their mother believed them to be important skills.
via: gettyimagesNo child really likes school, so can we blame Anastasia for acting out? She actually hated it so much that she would climb a tree and just not get down. God knows what they had to do to get her down, but we are sure it was not easy.
via: gettyimagesWhen WWI started, many things, even traditions were put on hold. Although the tradition of making each daughter a commander of a Russian regiment was kept alive, there is no photographic evidence to the title that Anastasia received.
via: gettyimagesAnastasia hated school so much that she began to resort to bribery in order to get her grades up. Doing homework was too tiresome, and since she was clearly not doing it well, she began to bring flowers to her teachers.
via: gettyimagesSince Anastasia was the fourth born, she was the youngest along with her sister Maria. They shared a room and were very alike in how they dressed, considering they spent a lot of time together. They were called "The Little Pair".
Do Not Forget Us
via: gettyimagesAnastasia was stressed, naturally, when she had a feeling that her life was soon to come to an end. She wrote letters to her friends and tutors saying goodbye and asking them not to forget who they were.
via: gettyimagesAmongst the siblings, it is said that Anastasia and Olga were the closest, despite the difference in ages. They had many things in common, including partaking in many physical sports.
via: gettyimagesThe Russian government went on a destruction spree in order to stop the people from praying to the Romanovs. They wanted to destroy everything that had to do with the family, but they knew that if they revealed the bodies only more conversation would be sparked.
via: gettyimagesMany women tried to claim that they were, in fact, the real Anastasia. It was Anna Anderson who was one of the most well-known imposters. She ended up in a mental hospital, but even those who knew the real Anastasia said that they had many of the same mannerisms.