For purposes of a novel I am writing I would like to know if an illegitimate son or daughter of a 19th century Russian tsar would have been recognized by the court. Would it matter if the birth was before or after the tsar's coronation?
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Yes, I've done some searching of various sites without finding a definitive answer. It may be that there is no single answer: how such children were treated, whether they were recognized, or whether they could inherit apparently varied.– SuttroperDec 5, 2019 at 21:46
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I guess Tsar Paul I doesn't count.– SpencerAug 3, 2020 at 21:01
It would be the Emperor's coronation.– gktscrkAug 4, 2020 at 4:10
The term they used was "Royal Bastard" referring to an illegitimate child of a reigning monarch. How they were treated, "recognized by court", was entirely up to the ruling monarch.
Royal Bastards of Russian Monarchs include:
- Count Alexei Grigorievich Bobrinsky, of Catherine the Great
- Joséphine Koberwein of tzar Nicholas II of Russia
- Nikolai Lukash tsar Alexander I of Russia
- Sofia Sergeyevna Trubetskaya either Prince Trubetskoy, or tsar Nicholas I of Russia.
Other Notable royal bastards in history but not from Russia include:
- Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond, son of King Henry VIII of England,
- James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, son of Charles II.
I Also found this link listing general illegitimate children of monarchs.
1another notable bastard en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_the_Conqueror– jk.Aug 4, 2020 at 12:08
@jk Yeah that's an important one.– user27618Aug 4, 2020 at 21:30