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Nicholas and Alexandra (1968)

af Robert K. Massie

Serier: The Romanovs (3)

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The story of the love that ended an empire
In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prizewinning author Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs lives: Nicholass political navet, Alexandras obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexiss brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and historythe story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Robert K. Massie's Catherine the Great. 
Praise for Nicholas and Alexandra
A larger-than-life drama.Saturday Review
A moving, rich book . . . [This] revealing, densely documented account of the last Romanovs focuses not on the great events . . . but on the royal family and their evil nemesis. . . . The tale is so bizarre, no melodrama is equal to it.Newsweek
A wonderfully rich tapestry, the colors fresh and clear, every strand sewn in with a sure hand. Mr. Massie describes those strange and terrible years with sympathy and understanding. . . . They come vividly before our eyes.The New York Times
 
An all-too-human picture . . . Both Nicholas and Alexandra with all their failings come truly alive, as does their almost storybook romance.Newsday
 
A magnificent and intimate picture . . . Not only the main characters but a whole era become alive and comprehensible.Harpers

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What an incredible book -- probably the best book I've read this year. It reads like a novel, but it is biography as well as a history of 20th century Russia. This is the story of the famous Romanov family, Nicholas, the last Tsar of Russia and his Empress and children. I had never heard anything particularly good about this family except for their impeccable taste in Fabrege jewels. But in fact, they were a wonderful and very loving family, one that, despite power and wealth, had more than its fair share in hardship and tragedy. Nicholas, although an autocrat, was a gentle and humane person. I don't think Russia improved any under dictatorship of the proletariat, which was neither gentle nor humane. ( )
  dvoratreis | May 22, 2024 |
3.5 stars

The animated film Anastasia got the entire story wrong, sadly. The writers didn't even try for accuracy, apparently - very sad to me, because I really liked that movie.

Massie details the true story here, and though I normally don't like history texts, I liked this one. His writing is very readable, and I learned a lot. (Particularly about the events leading up to the war; and about Rasputin and how he came to be involved with the Imperial family. I didn't even know that Nicholas and Alexandra had a son, let alone that he suffered from hemophilia.)

At over 500 pages, though, it was still far too long for me. I felt that 50-100 pages could have easily been omitted by paring down unnecessary details of persons not central to the story.

Also, I was quite appalled when Massie at one point described Rasputin as having "good-natured aggression" right after stating that he would grab women and "start undoing buttons" without any kind of preamble or permission. Rasputin was accused of attempted rape many times, and it is not okay to write this violence off. There is no such thing as "good-natured" sexual assault or harassment. ( )
  RachelRachelRachel | Nov 21, 2023 |
Robert Massie's book is packed. I read it because I was interested in Tsarevich Alexis and hemophilia and how it affected the fall of the Russian Empire, and that was certainly part of the story. However, there was too much detail ( for me ) about WWI and the Russian Revolution, that is too much information about the battles. In general, it was interesting to learn how the Tsar and his family lived and what they were like as individuals. I would have liked more information about his daughters, the Grand Duchesses. ( )
  AnnEly | Nov 19, 2022 |
Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie. Section 16: General History. This book began my lifelong interest in Russian history and culture. Nicholas II was the last tsar of Russia and his wife was German-born Alix, granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England.
Nicholas Romanov, tsar by age 26, was inexperienced, shy, and ultraconservative. His power was absolute. Most Russians were poor and illiterate, but young people were flocking to cities to work in new factories. There was constant tension as Russians began to demand a parliament and civil and workers’ rights.
Alexandra’s “job” was to provide a male heir to the throne since girls could not inherit it. After birthing four girls, son Alexei was born but found to have hemophilia, the “bleeding disease”, which in those days was incurable. Yet the semi-monk Rasputin seemed able to control Alexei’s bleeding through prayer. Rasputin immorality was well known, but for Alexandra, he remained her son’s lifeline. Over less than a decade, this illness, a closely guarded secret, became the undoing of 300 years of Romanov rule.
Against this family drama, the book chronicles the political scene – the 1905 revolution, Russia’s entry into WW1, and the collapse of the monarchy in 1917. Lenin returned to Russia from exile, fomented revolution and the country dissolved into civil war (watch Dr. Zhivago). The royal family was moved east into the Ural mountains, where, despite miserable living conditions, they remained steadfast in their religious faith. However, they were killed in 1918. While other Romanovs were also killed, a few, including Nicholas’ mother and two sisters, escaped via the Crimea before the Red armies could conquer that southern location.
Since this book was written, the family’s remains – including youngest daughter Anastasia’s – have been discovered, identified and reburied in St. Petersburg. Their bodies were identified with DNA provided by the late Prince Philip; he, Queen Elizabeth, and Tsarina Alexandra are all descendants of Queen Victoria, who, by the way, was the original carrier of the hemophilia gene in this particular family.
The film “Nicholas and Alexandra” is based on the book. On www.youtube.com you can find numerous lectures and interviews about this family as well as 1998 news coverage of their interment in the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg. ( )
1 stem Epiphany-OviedoELCA | Jun 18, 2021 |
This is a fascinating history of the final years of the Romanov dynasty. ( )
  ChuckRinn | Oct 4, 2020 |
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"I have a firm, an absolute conviction that the fate of Russia—that my own fate and that of my family—is in the hands of God who has placed me where I am. Whatever may happen to me, I shall bow to His will with the consciousness of never having had any thought other than that of serving the country which He has entrusted to me."

NICHOLAS II
"After all, the nursery was the center of all Russia's troubles."

SIR BERNARD PARES
"The Empress refused to surrender to fate. She talked incessantly of the ignorance of the physicians . . . She turned towards religion, and her prayers were tainted with a certain hysteria. The stage was ready for the appearance of a miracle worker . . ."

GRAND DUKE ALEXANDER
"The illness of the Tsarevich cast its shadow over the whole of the concluding period of Tsar Nicholas II's reign and alone can explain it. Without appearing to be, it was one of the main causes of his fall, for it made possible the phenomenon of Rasputin and resulted in the fatal isolation of the sovereigns who lived in a world apart, wholly absorbed in a tragic anxiety which had to be concealed from all eyes."

PIERRE GILLIARD
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"Without Rasputin, there could have been no Lenin."

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From the Baltic city of St. Petersburg, built on a river marsh in a far northern corner of the empire, the Tsar ruled Russia.
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Biography & Autobiography. History. Politics. Nonfiction. HTML:

The story of the love that ended an empire
In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prizewinning author Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs lives: Nicholass political navet, Alexandras obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexiss brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and historythe story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Robert K. Massie's Catherine the Great. 
Praise for Nicholas and Alexandra
A larger-than-life drama.Saturday Review
A moving, rich book . . . [This] revealing, densely documented account of the last Romanovs focuses not on the great events . . . but on the royal family and their evil nemesis. . . . The tale is so bizarre, no melodrama is equal to it.Newsweek
A wonderfully rich tapestry, the colors fresh and clear, every strand sewn in with a sure hand. Mr. Massie describes those strange and terrible years with sympathy and understanding. . . . They come vividly before our eyes.The New York Times
 
An all-too-human picture . . . Both Nicholas and Alexandra with all their failings come truly alive, as does their almost storybook romance.Newsday
 
A magnificent and intimate picture . . . Not only the main characters but a whole era become alive and comprehensible.Harpers

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