Her appearance at court gave life to the party - too much, as it turns out!
Tsar Alexis married a second time when he was in his forties. His choice was the teenage Natalia. She was a lively, entertaining, young woman who bore the Tsar two children. Unfortunately her giddy presence proved too much for her middle aged husband and he had a stroke. Alexis’ death left sons from two widows to fight over succession