Emperor Alexander I was famous not only for his military exploits. You know, he is called one of the most amorous Russian rulers. He had a beautiful wife and several mistresses. His love affair with Maria Naryshkina was the longest and most serious. They spent together 15 years, Maria gave birth to three his children. In some sources she is described as a modest, silent beauty, in others – as a self-confident and impudent femme fatale.
Alexander I was the grandson of Catherine II and the eldest son of Paul I. His grandmother chose a wife for him – Princess Louise of Baden, later known as Elizabeth Alexeievna. The girl was meek, delicate, and very beautiful.
Masha Naryshkina (nee Princess Sviatopolk-Chetvertinskaya) was not the first favorite of the emperor, but many called her the only strong passion of Alexander I. All of his previous love affairs were short-lived, and this lasted for 15 years. By the way, her elder sister Jeanette had “a shadow family” with the younger brother of the emperor, Konstantin.