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From Splendor to Revolution: The Romanov Women, 1847-1928

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This sweeping saga recreates the extraordinary opulence and violence of Tsarist Russia as the shadow of revolution fell over the land, and destroyed a way of life for these Imperial women

The early 1850s until the late 1920s marked a turbulent and significant era for Russia. During that time the country underwent a massive transformation, taking it from days of grandeur under the tsars to the chaos of revolution and the beginnings of the Soviet Union.

At the center of all this tumult were four women of the Romanov dynasty. Marie Alexandrovna and Olga Constantinovna were born into the family, Russian Grand Duchesses at birth. Marie Feodorovna and Marie Pavlovna married into the dynasty, the former born a Princess of Denmark, the latter a Duchess of the German duchy of Mecklendburg-Schwerin.

In From Splendor to Revolution, we watch these pampered aristocratic women fight for their lives as the cataclysm of war engulfs them. In a matter of a few short years, they fell from the pinnacle of wealth and power to the depths of danger, poverty, and exile. It is an unforgettable epic story.

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"While providing insight into famously doomed Empress Alexandra Romanov, Gelardi (Born to Rule) focuses on four lesser known but indomitable women who achieved glory at the height of czarist Russia's global power only to witness its fall to revolution. Danish-born Empress Marie Feodorovna (Nicholas II's mother) and three of her sisters-in-law: Greek Queen Olga, Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna, and Duchess Marie Alexandrovna, developed from four extravagantly indulged girls into dominant matriarchs who still could not prevent the decline of royalty and centuries-old traditions. Relating the drama and tragedy of royal life, Gelardi ably weaves in the extended family ties that connected most European rulers, including Queen Victoria, while also including helpful genealogy charts. Gelardi's narrative framework of the four Romanov women's long lives works well to explain not only the realities of the European courts and alliances but also the unique aspects of the Russian dynasty, which suffered repeated assassination attempts even during the age of splendor, resulting in young Nicholas II's observation of his grandfather's murder, possibly hastening Russia's slide to revolution. 16 pages of b&w photos. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

JULIA P. GELARDI is the author of Born to Rule and In Triumphs Wake. She is an independent historian, currently living in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312371159
Author:
Gelardi, Julia P.
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus two 8-page black-and-white photo in
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "While providing insight into famously doomed Empress Alexandra Romanov, Gelardi (Born to Rule) focuses on four lesser known but indomitable women who achieved glory at the height of czarist Russia's global power only to witness its fall to revolution. Danish-born Empress Marie Feodorovna (Nicholas II's mother) and three of her sisters-in-law: Greek Queen Olga, Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna, and Duchess Marie Alexandrovna, developed from four extravagantly indulged girls into dominant matriarchs who still could not prevent the decline of royalty and centuries-old traditions. Relating the drama and tragedy of royal life, Gelardi ably weaves in the extended family ties that connected most European rulers, including Queen Victoria, while also including helpful genealogy charts. Gelardi's narrative framework of the four Romanov women's long lives works well to explain not only the realities of the European courts and alliances but also the unique aspects of the Russian dynasty, which suffered repeated assassination attempts even during the age of splendor, resulting in young Nicholas II's observation of his grandfather's murder, possibly hastening Russia's slide to revolution. 16 pages of b&w photos. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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