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The Romanovs: 1613-1918

Simon Sebag Montefiore
Format
Book
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
Edition
First American edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780307266521, 0307266524, 9781101946978, 1101946970
Summary
"The acclaimed author of Young Stalin and Jerusalem gives readers an accessible, lively account--based in part on new archival material--of the extraordinary men and women who ruled Russia for three centuries."--NoveList.
The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore's chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets. From Peter the Great, who made Russia an empire, to a fresh portrayal of Nicholas II and Alexandra and the harrowing massacre of the entire family, this book brings these monarchs--male and female, great and flawed, their families and courts--blazingly to life. Drawing on new archival research, Montefiore delivers both a universal study of power and a portrait of empire that helps define Russia today.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Contents
  • ACT I: The rise. Scene 1: The brideshows ; Scene 2: The young monk ; Scene 3: The musketeers ; Scene 4: The All-Drunken Synod
  • ACT II: The apogee. Scene 1: The emperor ; Scene 2: The empresses ; Scene 3: Russian Venus ; Scene 4: The Golden Age ; Scene 5: The conspiracy ; Scene 6: The duel
  • ACT III: The decline. Scene 1: Jupiter ; Scene 2: Liberator ; Scene 3: Colossus ; Scene 4: Master of the land ; Scene 5: Catastrophe ; Scene 6: Emperor Michael II ; Scene 7: Afterlife
  • Epilogue: Red tsars/white tsars.
Description
xxxiv, 744 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
  • "This is a Borzoi Book."
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 655-669) and index.
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