The history of the Romanovs is a tale of opulence, success, madness, decadence and violence.
Over the course of three hundred years, and twenty Tsars and Tsarinas, the Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times; they ruled one sixth of the world’s surface and were responsible for bringing Russia kicking and screaming into modernity. There is no doubt they were effective rulers, and yet their private lives were lurid, murky and horrendously complex.
Simon Sebag Montefiore’s new history, The Romanovs 1613 - 1918, is an intimate portrait of their ambition, their extravagance and their many secrets. It is a dramatic and colourful story of contradictions. At times, the Romanovs were exemplary leaders and at others, they were governed by vicious rivalries, greed, cruelty and in some cases madness. Their story makes for fascinating reading. The truth, as they say, is always stranger than fiction.
This is a bloody and remarkable history, spanning centuries of war and peace - at its heart, though, it is simply the utterly compelling story of an extraordinarily powerful family written in dazzling prose.
Here is a short introduction from the author himself:
The epic new history from the bestselling author of JERUSALEM - the intimate story of Russia's imperial dynasty
"A glorious history of the Romanov dynasty bursting with blood, sex and tears" - Telegraph
"The research is meticulous and the style is captivating." - The Observer