Nicholas and alexandra book review
The Romanovs: masterful account of Russia’s doomed royal family | Books | The GuardianAn incisive account of the last of the Romanov dynasty details the love affair of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, their family, their involvement with Rasputin, and the revolution that transformed imperial Russia. Massie in regards to his research and study of the Romanov Dynasty, of which he has devoted the majority of his research career. Massie unfolds for us, in a fashion similar to a master storyteller, the tragic end of the House of Romanov, the last Russian imperial dynasty. Although Massie admits that the rise and fall of a year old empire is subject to numerous causes, speculative as well as concrete, he ultimately attributes the collapse of the House of Romanov to the hardships the family faced from having to deal with the condition of the tsarevitch Alexei, hemophilia. The saga begins with Nicholas II inheriting the throne of Russia after his father suddenly passes away. Although Nicholas was a great student who excelled in every area of study, his lifestyle after the completion of his schooling was very lax, resulting in a very timid, untrained, and inexperienced young man assuming the title of Tsar.
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The book briefs the reader on Nicholas' early life before launching into World War I and the tragic events that led to the slaughter of the Romanov family. Morality As a history, all of the characters are reproduced as they were in life - with all their faults. Nicholas believes himself appointed as ruler of all Russia by God, and takes his role as the "Father of Russia" very seriously.
It is fair to say that Autocrat of All Russia has never been a good gig, nor an easy one, but Nicholas II was a disaster by any reasonable standards. Nicholas and Alexandra, at its core, is a romance. Not just the love story of its titular characters, although Massie handles it beautifully their letters are a delight , nor the love of a parent for a sick child, but also the end of a national romance: the Russians and the Romanovs. It is very far to the Tsar! Perhaps the abrupt end of a monarchy is always a love story gone wrong: there are passages from Nicholas and Alexandra that could be lifted from any biography of Marie Antoinette or Louis XVI. The inability of the Romanovs to protect Alexei from his disease, despite their wealth and importance, and the lengths to which Alexandra, in particular, would go to save him, hitching her hopes to the cart of a wildly charismatic Siberian starets despite the disapproval of the royal base, gets top billing in its pages. All of them died in that cellar; do not believe anyone who tells you that Anastasia survived.
Thank you! An intimate account of the life of Nicholas II, last tsar of imperial Russia, his German empress Alexandra and their five children, this is, au fond and explicitly, a curious addition to the literature of the link between private health and public history. Massie, whose own son suffers from hemophilia, was drawn to this study by the fact that the Tsarevich Alexis was the victim of the disease. His thesis: without Rasputin, the Romanovs could have survived. Rasputin attained his power in court, particularly over Alexandra, because he ministered effectively to the suffering Alexis. He managed the placement and displacement of ministers through the empress, maneuvers critical for the empire. Thus, Alexis' hemophilia spelled disaster.