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.
    – Suttroper
    Dec 5, 2019 at 21:46
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  • I guess Tsar Paul I doesn't count.
    – Spencer
    Aug 3, 2020 at 21:01
  • It would be the Emperor's coronation.
    – gktscrk
    Aug 4, 2020 at 4:10

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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:

Other Notable royal bastards in history but not from Russia include:

I Also found this link listing general illegitimate children of monarchs.

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    Fitzroy is actually a common last name for that kind of child (the word is Anglo-Norman for "Son of the King")
    – T.E.D.
    Dec 5, 2019 at 17:24
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    another notable bastard en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_the_Conqueror
    – jk.
    Aug 4, 2020 at 12:08
  • @jk Yeah that's an important one.
    – user27618
    Aug 4, 2020 at 21:30

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