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Today turns to Westminster professor for ‘Crown’ answers

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Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2022

With the fifth season release of “The Crown” on Netflix and a storyline involving the Russian House of Romanov, Westminster College noted Russian scholar Dr. Russell E. Martin explains the family connection between the Romanovs and the Windsors in an interview with Today.

Martin, professor of history at Westminster, discusses the relationship between the two royal houses in “‘The Crown’: What we know about the royal family’s connection to the Romanovs,” published this week on, the NBC news program’s website.

Over the years, Martin has appeared on A&E’s “Biography” in a broadcast on Ivan the Terrible as an expert on the controversial ruler. He has lectured internationally, including in Germany, the U.K., Canada and Russia. 

His book, “The Tsar’s Happy Occasion: Ritual and Dynasty in the Weddings of Russia’s Rulers, 1495-1745,” published last year, explores how royal weddings in early modern Russia were choreographed to broadcast powerful images of monarchy and dynasty. The book follows his 2012 book “A Bride for the Tsar: Bride-Shows and Marriage Politics in Early Modern Russia.”

Martin, who joined Westminster in 1996, earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his master’s and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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