One of the saddest stories to emerge from the 20th century was the destruction of the Romanov dynasty at the beginning of the Russian Revolution. Tsar Nicholas II was unable to cope with the changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution, market forces, urbanization, and the rise of democracy and socialism across Europe; in addition, he was privately haunted by his son's crippling hemophilia. The Tsarina, Alexandra, wracked with guilt over her son's illness, turned to the notorious monk
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