The Romanovs 1818-1959: Alexander II of Russia and His Family
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He is a contributor to the New Dictionary of National Biography. . John Van Der Kiste is a well-known biographer of Royals, and has written many books on the British and European monarchies
This book examines his life and reign including his mistress Catherine Dolgorouky who later became his second wife, and the lives of his children: Tsar Alexander III; his daughter Grand Duchess Marie; Grand Duke Serge; Grand Duke Pau plus his four illegitimate children by his mistress, one of whom lived in England until her death in 1959.
The Czar Liberator emancipated the serfs and hoped to reform and re-energize local government, but his liberal policies unleashed pent-up frustrations and revolutionary ardor, culminating in his assassination. Some of the more obscure family members are quite fascinating, including those who lived quiet lives of exile in England and France. The illustrations, many of them rarely published, supplement a well-written and often emotionally moving family chronicle. In particular, Van der Kiste's portrait of Alexander II is especially affecting. Jay Freeman. From Booklist This study wisely skirts around the last czar, Nicholas II, and his consort, Alexandra, in its focus on more interesting (and e
A Fair Introduction christina I've always felt that Van der Kiste is a good but not great author. Most of his works are introductions to the given subject/s. They don't go in depth and thus provide an adequate first step into learning about the topic. A few photos, ebeit small and not of great quality, are included to give the reader an i. "Interesting history of the Romanov family" according to Moe811. Mr. Van Der Kiste has once again given the reader a history of a royal family that presents the members as real people and not just historical personages. He also mentions collateral members of the family, not just the czars. Many photos enhance the text. A very enjoyable read.. Fascinating, good read Focuses on the family and descendants of Alexander II. Primarily concerns secondary members of the Imperial Family. If you are familiar with the Romanovs, you'll enjoy reading about the lives of some of the lesser known family members. The book contains some nice photos of the family. I recommend this book to