Video: Top Ten Animated Costume Dramas

I’ve loved costume dramas my whole life–starting from my childhood, when I would happily watch any cartoon that seemed rooted in the past. Lucky for me, the animation studios churned those out one after the other–but which ones were the best? Here, I count down my choices for the ten best animated costume dramas. (Note: I tried to stick with the dramas that were at … Continue reading Video: Top Ten Animated Costume Dramas

The Romanov Dynasty

On February 21, 1613, a Russian national assembly unanimously elected 16-year-old Mikhail Romanov tsar, thus establishing a dynasty that would last until Nicholas II was deposed during the Russian Revolution in 1917. The origins of the Romanov family are a bit murky; they fully emerged from obscurity when a Romanov daughter, Anastasia Zakharyina, married Ivan IV in February 1547. After her mysterious death in 1560, … Continue reading The Romanov Dynasty