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The Romanovs

Simon Sebag Montefiore

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Russia, Modern period, c 1500 onwards, Biography: historical, political & military, Prose: non-fiction, European history

The internationally bestselling epic history of Russia's imperial dynasty

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. Written with dazzling literary flair, drawing on new archival research, THE ROMANOVS is at once an enthralling chronicle of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power, and an essential portrait of the empire that still defines Russia today.

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Praise for The Romanovs

  • 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

  • Vast and dazzling ... utterly compelling from start to finish - Sunday Times

  • Read the book from cover to cover. There is never a dull page' DAILY TELEGRAPH; 'The must-read history ... a master work' EVENING STANDARD; 'Already a classic - a gripping and thought-provoking study. - Financial Times

  • Wonderfully compelling and insightful ... The author has already written excellent books on Catherine the Great and Stalin. This one is even better, combining as it does his expert knowledge of Russian history with the narrative wizardry displayed in his previous bestseller, JERUSALEM - EVENING STANDARD

  • Epic history on the grandest scale ... GAME OF THRONES seems like the proverbial vicar's tea party in comparison - FINANCIAL TIMES

  • An extraordinary and gripping tale ... By turns horrific, hilarious and moving, but ultimately tragic, this is essential reading for anyone interested in Russia - THE SPECTATOR

  • Captivating ... The story of the Romanovs has been told countless times but never with such a compelling combination of literary flair, narrative drive, solid research and psychological insight - LITERARY REVIEW

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

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

  • 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

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a prizewinning historian whose bestselling books have been published in over forty-five 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 and won the Jewish Book Council's Book of the Year prize; THE ROMANOVS: 1613-1918 was an international bestseller and won the Lupicaia del Terriccio Book Prize. Montefiore is also the author of the acclaimed novels SASHENKA, RED SKY AT NOON and ONE NIGHT IN WINTER, which won the Paddy Power Political Fiction Book of the Year Award. 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.
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