DiscoverEnglish Learning for Curious Minds#268 | Grigori Rasputin - The Mad Monk
#268 | Grigori Rasputin - The Mad Monk

#268 | Grigori Rasputin - The Mad Monk

Update: 2022-06-0210


He was the peasant who went from a village in Siberia to the centre of the Russian imperial court, befriending the Tsar and Tsarina, and playing a role in the downfall of Russia’s longest-serving dynasty, The Romanovs. 

In this episode, we'll learn about the unlikely but fascinating life of Grigori Rasputin.

  • Russia in 1900

  • Overview of the fall of the Romanov Dynasty

  • The early life of ​​Grigory Yefimovich Novykh ("Rasputin")

  • Discovering the "Khylsts" and “sinning to drive out sin”

  • Earning the nickname of "The Mad Monk"

  • Rasputin's personal hygiene (or lack of)

  • Curing the Tsar's son, Alexei

  • Securing a place within the imperial family

  • Rasputin's relationship with the Tsarina, Alexandra

  • An assassination attempt by a noseless peasant

  • The plot to kill Rasputin

  • The (very long) murder of Rasputin

  • Russia after Rasputin's death

  • The legacy (and importance) of Grigori Rasputin on Russian history

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Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية

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Ramesh Mardani

Grigori had magic vision for future and cure

Jul 4th








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#268 | Grigori Rasputin - The Mad Monk

#268 | Grigori Rasputin - The Mad Monk

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