Simon Sebag Montefiore's new book is an utterly compelling portrait of an extraordinarily powerful family with many secrets.
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, somewhat reluctantly, into modernity. There is no doubt they were effective rulers, and yet their private lives were lurid and 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.
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 family.
Here is a short introduction from the author himself:
This is the story of how Stalin became Stalin. Based on revelatory research, here, from Simon Sebag Montefiore, is the thrilling story of how a charismatic cobbler's son became a student priest, romantic poet, prolific lover, gangster mastermind and murderous revolutionary.
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
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