Nearly a century after their murders at the hands of Russian revolutionaries, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia Romanov - daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and his German-born bride, Alexandra, and great-granddaughters of Queen Victoria - are better known for how they died than how they lived. This wonderful biography remedies that, painting an intricately detailed portrait of the grand duchesses' short yet remarkable lives. Family letters and diaries offer valuable insight into their private world: their tightly knit family unit, lovingly anchored by their parents' devoted marriage; their relationships with friends and confidants; even young love and nurses' training for the older girls. Yet despite lives of privilege, they were not ignorant of the political unrest seething around them, fueled by disastrous military conflicts, food shortages, and their mother's increasingly unpopular dependency on the mystic Gregori Rasputin. Carefully researched and highly readable, The Romanov Sisters pays rich tribute to young lives cut tragically short. (KG)
This title is part of our 2016 Life Stories Book a Month package.