The House of Romanov was the second and last imperial dynasty to rule over Russia for more than three hundred years, reigning from 1613 until the 1917 overthrow of the monarchy during the February Revolution. The Romanov Dynasty succeeded the Rurik Dynasty after the Time of Troubles. During the reign of the Romanovs, Russia became and remained a major European power. The Romanovs produced prominent rulers such as Peter the Great and Catherine the Great and saw so many achievements, failures, happiness, and tragedies.of
The dynasty began with the election of Mikhail Romanov, a 16-year-old boyar, ending the Time of Troubles. Initially, Mikhail’s mother protested against the election of such a young and inexperienced man, but the boyars assured her that Mikhail would be held responsible to God for the destruction of Russia and other mortal sins if he persisted in his refusal to accept the title. When young Mikhail learned he was about to be granted the highest title anyone could dream of in Russia, he burst into tears of fear and despair. He was finally persuaded to accept the throne by his mother who saw no way out. Mikhail Romanov was crowned on 22 July 1613.