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The Many Deaths of Tsar Nicholas II : Relics, Remains and the Romanovs - Wendy Slater

The Many Deaths of Tsar Nicholas II

Relics, Remains and the Romanovs

Hardcover Published: 22nd June 2007
ISBN: 9780415345163
Number Of Pages: 194

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How did Nicholas II, Russia's last Tsar, meet his death? Shot point blank in a bungled execution by radical Bolsheviks in the Urals, Nicholas and his family disappeared from history in the Soviet era. But in the 1970s, a local geologist and a crime fiction writer discovered the location of their clandestine mass grave, and secretly removed three skulls, before reburying them, afraid of the consequences of their find.

Yet the history of Nicholas' execution and the discovery of his remains are not the only stories connected with the death of the last Tsar. This book recounts the horrific details of his death and the thrilling discovery of the bones, and also investigates the alternative narratives that have grown up around these events. Stories include the contention that the Tsar's killing was a Jewish plot, in which Nicholas' severed head was taken to Moscow as proof of his death; tales of would-be survivors of the execution, self-confessed children of the Tsar claiming their true identity; and accounts of miracles performed by Nicholas, who was made a saint by the Russian church in 2000. Not least among these alternative narratives is the romanticization of the Romanovs, epitomized by the numerous photographs of the family released from the Russian archives.

Industry Reviews

'This book is both a careful retelling of the story of the deaths and rediscovery of Russia's royal family and a series of interesting essays on the myths surrounding them. As such, it is to be thoroughly recommended' - Beryl Williams, University of Sussex, Revolutionary Russia, 2008

List of illustrationsp. vi
Note on transliterationp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Cruel necessityp. 1
True crimep. 16
The many deaths of Nicholas IIp. 44
Gothic horrorp. 60
False Alexeisp. 81
Tsar Martyrp. 106
Family portraitsp. 128
Conclusion: Miscalculating historyp. 152
Notesp. 157
Bibliographyp. 173
Indexp. 188
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ISBN: 9780415345163
ISBN-10: 0415345162
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 22nd June 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1