This episode of the Sofa King Podcast looks at the Mad Monk of Russia, Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin. Born in a small town in Siberia to peasants, Rasputin had a reputation of having visions from God as a young child, and he eventually left town to join a monastery after he was recruited due to his “visions.” However, Rasputin wasn’t that good at being a monk. He entered the Verkhoture Monastery at age 17 but left by 19, so he could get married and never finished his religious training.
Shortly after the birth of his daughters, Rasputin decided to go on a holy pilgrimage around the ancient world. Eventually, he landed in Petrograd and spread his own reputation as a fortune teller and a mystic healer. It just so happened that the rulers of Russia (Czar Nicholas II and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna) lived there and had a son sick with Hemophilia. After trying everything modern medicine could do at the time (such as give him aspirin), they turned to Rasputin who had gained quite a