She spoke with Jane Ciabattari about playing with Russian history and the Rasputin myth.
Part of what Rasputin did for the royal family was healing their youngest.
The gossip of the time speculated that Rasputin was having sex with the tsarina and her daughters.
"The man's lips ought to be closed," Steinhauer had written to Rasputin only a week before.
That first morning spent with Rasputin was full of interest.
"You did well, General," declared Rasputin, with an evil smile.
Rasputin had put on his oldest and most ragged monk's habit, and carried a staff.
That is why one was never sure that the stranger who denounced Rasputin and his friends was not an agent-provocateur.
Rasputin's "religion" was not a novel one, as is generally supposed.
When Rasputin spoke His Majesty seemed cowed and thoughtful.
acquired name (Russian, literally "debauchee") of Grigory Yefimovich Novykh (c.1872-1916), mystic and faith healer who held sway over court of Nicholas II of Russia. His nickname is from his doctrine of "rebirth through sin," that true holy communion must be preceded by immersion in sin. His name used figuratively in English from 1937 for anyone felt to have an insidious and corrupting influence.