The Romanovs were the most successful
dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. 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. Montefiore's gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of
unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace
conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance,
and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and
poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin.
To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice:
six tsars were murdered and all the Romanovs lived under constant threat
to their lives. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while
making Russia an empire, and dominated his court with a dining club
notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs and fancy dress.
Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband - who was murdered soon
afterwards - loved her young male favourites, conquered Ukraine and
fascinated Europe. Paul was strangled by courtiers backed by his own
son, Alexander I, who faced Napoleon's invasion and the burning of
Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs,
survived five assassination attempts, and wrote perhaps the most
explicit love letters ever written by a ruler.
THE ROMANOVS climaxes
with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas and Alexandra, the
rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolution - and the harrowing
massacre of the entire family. Written with dazzling literary
flair, drawing on new archival research, THE ROMANOVS is at once an
enthralling story of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal
study of power, and an essential portrait of the empire that still
defines Russia today.
Boktitel: The Romanovs. 1613-1918 Författare: Simon Sebag Montefiore Bokförlag: W & S
Simon Sebag Montefiore är en brittisk författare, journalist och historiker.
Simon Sebag Montefiore is a prizewinning historian whose bestselling books have been published in over forty languages.