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The Romanovs : 1613-1918 - Simon Sebag Montefiore


Published: 28th January 2016
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The gripping story of Russia's imperial dynasty, 1613-1918

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.

About the Author

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a prizewinning historian whose bestselling books have been published in over forty languages. Catherine the Great and Potemkin was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Stalin: The Court Of The Red Tsar won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards; Young Stalin won the Costa Biography Award, LA Times Biography Prize and Le Grand Prix de Biographie; Jerusalem: The Biography was a number one bestseller. Montefiore is also the author of the acclaimed novels Sashenka and One Night In Winter. He read history at Cambridge University where he received his PhD, and now lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.


I enjoyed it.


I found the Russian names overwhelming, but Simon did his best to put everyone into context. It was a well researched and well written book. I was pleased to see that Catherine the Great came out with a positive reputation, rather than the promiscuous one that she has seemed to carry. It was not an easy book to read, as it was very detailed, but truly worth the effort. I admit I did skip the killing of the final tsar Nicholas II and his family, but the end, where all the bodies have been found and identified using DNA was touching.

South Australia


History With Substance!


The author handles History like a novel. He discribes events that have changed Russia, and you are there. He let's you live the lives of the great Zars ,and their courts. A beautiful, breathtaking , read. Will become a classic.



Extremely interesting


I grabbed a copy to be able to go a signing that the author was attending, it is such a beautiful hardcover. I just had to have it! I'm quite new to non-fiction, but I took my time and ended up really enjoying the book and learning quite a lot.

Sydney, AU.


Fantastic historical account


Highly recommend




4.5 4


Vast and dazzling ... utterly compelling from start to finish - SUNDAY TIME

Montefiore has a great novelist's eye for human detail, a great journalist's nose for human frailty and a great historian's touch when it comes to selecting just the right primary source to bring the past alive. ... Judicious, nuanced, balanced and sensitive ... When history is written this way one can never have too much - THE TIMES

Read the book from cover to cover. There is never a dull page - DAILY TELEGRAPH

ISBN: 9780297852667
ISBN-10: 0297852663
Series: Age of Legends
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 28th January 2016
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.3  x 5.4
Weight (kg): 1.22
Edition Number: 1