Secret lives of the tsars : three centuries of autocracy, debauchery, betrayal, murder, and madness from Romanov Russia
—Farquhar, Michael, author.
Book
2014
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Subjects:
Romanov, House of -- History.
Russia -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Russia -- Kings and rulers -- Social life and customs.
ISBN:
9780812979053
Edition:
First edition.
Description:
xvi, 349 pages : genealogical tables ; 21 cm
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents:
Introductory chapter: The Time of Troubles and the rise of the Romanovs
Ivan V and Peter I (1682-1696): one autocrat too many
Peter I (1696-1725): the eccentricities of an emperor
Catherine I (1725-1727): the peasant empress
Anna (1730-1740): "a bored estate mistress"
Elizabeth (1741-1762): the empress of pretense
Peter III (1762): "nature made him a mere poltroon"
Catherine II (1762-1796): "prey to this mad passion!"
Paul (1796-1801): "he detests his nation"
Alexander I (1801-1825): Napoleon's conqueror
Nicholas I (1825-1855): "a condescending Jupiter"
Alexander II (1855-1881): "a crowned semi-ruin"
Alexander III (1881-1894): "a colossus of unwavering autocracy"
Nicholas II (1894-1917): "an absolute child"
Nicholas II (1894-1917): "gliding down a precipice"
Nicholas II (1894-1917): a bloody end
Concluding chapter: Aftermath.
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