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Alison H 02-27-2020 04:01 PM

There'd have been an almighty row because Alexandra would have thought it should be her! But Michael would have been the obvious one, and this would have been before he blotted his copybook by marrying Natalia Brasova.

duchessrachel 04-04-2020 09:08 PM

I have read many books on the British Royal Family and became interested in reading about the Russian Royal family from my reading on Queen Victoria. I would like to read a book on Nicholas and Alexandra. There are quite a few available and I was just wondering if someone could tell me the best one to start with. Thanks.

Moonmaiden23 04-04-2020 09:22 PM

:previous: Probably the best "beginner" book on Nicholas and Alexandra that I can think of is Robert Massie's "Nicholas and Alexandra". It is considered a classic.

The 1971 film of the same name was based on this book.

Curryong 04-04-2020 10:12 PM

Robert Massie's 'Nicholas and Alexandra' is immensely readable and I've enjoyed it several times over the years. It is very elderly, having been written in the 1960s and has been criticised more recently for being overly sympathetic to both the last Tsar and Tsarina. However, I'd agree, it's a terrific book to get an overall view of this couple.

After that, for something a bit newer, I liked Virgina Cowles' 'The Last Tsar and Tsarina' and would recommend it. But try Massie first.

duchessrachel 04-07-2020 09:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Moonmaiden23 (Post 2305872)
:previous: Probably the best "beginner" book on Nicholas and Alexandra that I can think of is Robert Massie's "Nicholas and Alexandra". It is considered a classic.

The 1971 film of the same name was based on this book.

Thank you.

duchessrachel 04-07-2020 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Curryong (Post 2305875)
Robert Massie's 'Nicholas and Alexandra' is immensely readable and I've enjoyed it several times over the years. It is very elderly, having been written in the 1960s and has been criticised more recently for being overly sympathetic to both the last Tsar and Tsarina. However, I'd agree, it's a terrific book to get an overall view of this couple.

After that, for something a bit newer, I liked Virgina Cowles' 'The Last Tsar and Tsarina' and would recommend it. But try Massie first.

Thank you.

duchessrachel 04-17-2020 07:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Curryong (Post 2305875)
Robert Massie's 'Nicholas and Alexandra' is immensely readable and I've enjoyed it several times over the years. It is very elderly, having been written in the 1960s and has been criticised more recently for being overly sympathetic to both the last Tsar and Tsarina. However, I'd agree, it's a terrific book to get an overall view of this couple.

After that, for something a bit newer, I liked Virgina Cowles' 'The Last Tsar and Tsarina' and would recommend it. But try Massie first.

I have one other question about these books. Do they cover Nicholas and Alexandra's childhoods or do they start with their marriage?

Curryong 04-17-2020 09:13 PM

It's been such a long time since I read 'Nicholas and Alexandra' that I can't remember! As Massie was interested in their lives together it covered the marriage well, but then most books about them do that.

The Cowles book 'The Last Tsar and Tsarina' covers Nicholas's childhood and adolescence, relationship with his parents, the atmosphere in which he grew up etc quite well (though not chapter by chapter) but there is little about Alexandra as a child in it.

If you wanted a more intimate look at the young Alexandra you'd be better off with a book like 'The Last Empress' The Life and Times of Alexandra' by Greg King, which I have and enjoy reading. It covers her parents' marriage, Alexandra's birth, her childhood, siblings etc and her courtship by Nicholas before marriage. Perhaps you could start there.

duchessrachel 04-19-2020 09:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Curryong (Post 2308480)
It's been such a long time since I read 'Nicholas and Alexandra' that I can't remember! As Massie was interested in their lives together it covered the marriage well, but then most books about them do that.

The Cowles book 'The Last Tsar and Tsarina' covers Nicholas's childhood and adolescence, relationship with his parents, the atmosphere in which he grew up etc quite well (though not chapter by chapter) but there is little about Alexandra as a child in it.

If you wanted a more intimate look at the young Alexandra you'd be better off with a book like 'The Last Empress' The Life and Times of Alexandra' by Greg King, which I have and enjoy reading. It covers her parents' marriage, Alexandra's birth, her childhood, siblings etc and her courtship by Nicholas before marriage. Perhaps you could start there.

Thank you so much. I want to read all the books you have recommended. I became interested in Nicholas and Alexandra after reading the book "Queen Victoria's Matchmaking". It covered their courtship in there but it was only a small part of the book. It made me want to learn more about the both of them as children and when they were courting.

Alison H 04-20-2020 03:22 AM

The Robert Massie one, already mentioned, is the classic.


Alexandra: the Last Tsarina by Carolly Erickson is a recent one - not bad at all (although I think that might be the one which annoyed me by occasionally calling her Alexandra before her marriage ... but I could be confusing it with something else!).

victor1319 05-04-2020 12:15 PM

The youtube channel "The Romanov Royal Martyrs" has a new vid out: It is about the life of the Empress and has a voice-over out of a radio broadcast.


I link this with some headaches, since it is very apologetic of the Empress and the vid advertises a book of the same title (and I get no cash-back :smile: ).


But it has some interesting photos and facts, so... I try to link this indirectly, I hope it works.


https://youtu.be/UgFE7UnpaYc

edelweiss.kb 06-10-2020 04:43 PM

His priority was his family. He wasn't trained properly for the role of Tsar but did his best in rising to the occasion. In the end, though, it wasn't enough for the Russian people.

victor1319 06-10-2020 06:23 PM

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Originally Posted by edelweiss.kb (Post 2319728)
In the end, though, it wasn't enough for the Russian people.

How do we know, that "it wasn't enough for the Russian people"?

It was not enough for a small clique in Sankt Petersburg and Moscow, this might be pretty sure... - but the majority of the Russian people, really? How do we know?

Stalin, the bearded bandit turned Czar, died peaceful in his bed with full power over All Russias and much more: Is this a sign, that his deeds were cool for the "Russian people" and "enough"?

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