By Simon Sebag Montefiore
The Romanovs have been the main profitable dynasty of contemporary occasions, ruling a 6th of the world’s floor for 3 centuries. How did one kinfolk flip a war-ruined principality into the world’s maximum empire? and the way did they lose it all?
this can be the intimate tale of twenty tsars and tsarinas, a few touched by way of genius, a few via insanity, yet all encouraged by way of holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle finds their mystery international of limitless strength and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed via palace conspiracy, relations rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, with a world solid of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the bad to Tolstoy and Pushkin, to Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria and Lenin.
To rule Russia used to be either imperial-sacred project and poisoned chalice: six of the final twelve tsars have been murdered. Peter the good tortured his personal son to loss of life whereas making Russia an empire, and ruled his courtroom with a eating membership outstanding for obligatory drunkenness, bare dwarfs and fancy costume. Catherine the nice overthrew her personal husband (who used to be murdered quickly afterward), loved affairs with a sequence of younger male favorites, conquered Ukraine and interested Europe. Paul i used to be strangled via courtiers subsidized by means of his personal son, Alexander I, who in flip confronted Napoleon’s invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went directly to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived 5 assassination makes an attempt and wrote maybe the main particular love letters ever composed via a ruler. The Romanovs climaxes with a clean, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas II and Alexandra, the increase and homicide of Rasputin, struggle and revolution—and the harrowing bloodbath of the whole family.
Dazzlingly pleasing and fantastically written from begin to end, The Romanovs brings those monarchs—male and feminine, nice and mistaken, their households and courts—blazingly to lifestyles. Drawing on new archival examine, Montefiore can provide a captivating epic of triumph and tragedy, love and homicide, encompassing the seminal years 1812, 1914 and 1917, that's either a common learn of energy and a portrait of empire that is helping outline Russia today.