79% done with Peter the Great: His Life and World

Peter’s son was a dumb-ass. I mean I get he wasn’t into fighting wars and didn’t like government and politics – that’s all well and good – but to first chose to become a monk rather than commit to being a worthy heir, and then just outright fleeing the country to avoid responsibility is idiotic. I don’t understand why he couldn’t just suck it up for awhile, wait for Peter to die, then do what he pleased.