and the Romanov Dynasty
On March 3 (old calendar – February 18), 1613, the Don Cossacks of Ataman Mezhakov
brought Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov to the Russian throne. The ataman spoke on behalf of
Cossacks. He put on the table in front of the leaders of the Zemsky Sobor (The
Council of All Russia) the genealogical record of Mikhail, and covered it with his saber.
This was quite an eloquent vote, and the Zemsky Sobor elected Romanov, not without
pressure from the Cossacks. Thus the new dynasty began, and some called Mikhail Fedorovich
"The Cossack Tsar".
Here is a quote from the newspaper of the Omsk Cossacks "Irtysh" (#5, 1993)
that is pretty descriptive of the attitude of the Cossacks towards the monarchy:
"The Tsar was perceived by the Cossacks as the leader of all the Orthodox people,
anointed to the kingdom by God, as a "father" ("otets-batiushka"),
who takes care of the "children"-Cossacks, but also can punish for
non-obedience, as a supreme patron and benefactor."
Look at some pictures, where Romanovs are either in Cossack uniforms, or are around the