faith healer play pdf discovery of his and one of his sisters’ remains. He was doted on by his parents and sisters and known as “Baby” in the family.
Russian Army and Navy were named honorary godfathers. As a precaution, she had rubber soles put to her shoes to avoid falling and dropping him. The baby lay on a pillow of cloth of gold, slung to the Princess’s shoulders by a broad gold band. He was covered with the heavy cloth-of-gold mantle, lined with ermine, worn by the heir to the crown. The baby wept loudly, as might any ordinary baby, when old Father Yanishev dipped him in the font. His four small sisters, in short Court dresses, gazed open-eyed at the ceremony, Olga Nicholaevna, then nine years old, being in the important position of one of the godmothers.
According to Russian custom, the Emperor and Empress were not present at the baptism, but directly after the ceremony the Emperor went to the church. Both he and the Empress always confessed to feeling very nervous on these occasions, for fear that the Princess might slip, or that Father Yanishev, who was very old, might drop the baby in the font. Alexei had a particularly grave crisis, early October 1912. His hemophilia was so severe that trivial injuries such as a bruise, a nosebleed or a cut were potentially life-threatening.
Two navy sailors were assigned to him to monitor and supervise him to prevent injuries, which were still unavoidable. They also carried him around when he was unable to walk. As well as being a source of constant torment to his parents, the recurring episodes of illness and long recoveries interfered greatly with Alexei’s education. 5 September the careless Tsesarevich jumped into a rowboat and hit one of the oarlocks. A large bruise appeared within minutes. Within a week the hematoma reduced in size. On 2 October, after a drive in the woods, the “juddering of the carriage had caused still healing hematoma in his upper thigh to rupture and start bleeding again.
Alexei had to be carried out in an almost unconscious state. Alexandra barely left his bedside. A constant record was kept of the boy’s temperature. His condition improved at once, according to the Tsar. The positive trend continued throughout the next day.
The little one will not die. On 19 October his condition was considerably better and the hematoma disappeared, but Alexei had to undergo orthopedic therapy to straighten his left leg. The Tsar had resisted the influence of Rasputin for a long time. He did not like to send him away for, if Alexei Nicolaievich had died, in the eyes of the mother he would have been the murderer of his own son. There are various explanations for Rasputin’s ability, such as that Rasputin hypnotized Alexei, administered herbs to him, or that his advice to the Tsarina not to let the doctors bother Alexei too much aided the boy’s healing. Rasputin timed his interventions for when Alexei was on the road to recovery anyway, and claimed all the credit. Rasputin was not interested in this practice before 1913 and his teacher Gerasim Papandato was expelled from St.
For Fuhrmann, these ideas on hypnosis and drugs flourished because the Imperial Family lived such isolated lives. They lived almost as much apart from Russian society as if they were settlers in Canada. For Shelley, the secret of his power lay in the sense of calm, gentle strength, and shining warmth of conviction. Radzinsky believed he truly possessed a supernatural healing ability or that his prayers to God saved the boy. Alexei’s joints’ swelling and pain.