"As ... Warwick’s biography of Ella aptly demonstrates, unravel one biography of a late-19th-century European royal and the entire dynasty unfolds." (The Daily Telegraph, November 2006)
"…inspiring…" (Majesty, November 2006)
"Christopher Warwick marshals an impressive dossier of research, drawing extensively on primary sources, to bring to life the lost worlds of late 19th Century royalty and the sumptuous last gasp of the Romanovs...it is hard to imagine a more rigorous study of a woman who, unusually in the annals of history, combined the roles of society beauty and latter-day saint." (Mail on Sunday, December 2006)
"Warwick's biography is freighted with domestic and cultural detail and weighted with tragedy." (The Times, December 2006)
“Christopher Warwick’s well-research biography fills a gap in the literature of royal lives.” (The Times Literary Supplement, February 2007)
"Christopher Warwick has given the story a new power and a subtle shift of meaning." (Royalty Digest, February 2007)
"Christopher Warwick's acclaimed new biography of Ella sheds new light on a remarkable woman." (Royalty Magazine)
"…a definitive biography…Elisabeth Feodorovna is one of the last century's true heroes. Christopher Warwick's book will tell you why." (The Tablet, February 2007)
The remarkable life of Elizabeth, or Ella as she was almost universally known, is revealed in fascinating detail by Warwick.” (Yorkshire Evening Post, March 2007)
“…Warwick has produced a definitive biography…” (The Tablet, March 2007)
From the Inside Flap
Following the assassination of her husband, Ella renounced society and, against considerable opposition, founded the first religious Order of its kind in Russia, working for the poor and destitute of Moscow, Though loved for her charitable works and pioneering achievements, Ella, like Nicholas, Alexandra and fourteen members of their family, met a brutal death at the hands of the Bolsheviks. At the height of the Russian Revolution, she was taken captive to Siberia where, having been clubbed with the rifle butts, she was hurled alive into a disused mineshaft and left to die of her injuries. She was subsequently canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church as the Holy Imperial Martyr Saint Elisabeth Romanova.
From the Back Cover
—ALISON WEIR, CELEBRATED BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF, AMONG OTHERS, ELEANOR OF AWUITAINE, HENRY VIII, ELIZABETH THE QUEEN, THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII, INNOCENT TRAITOR, AND ISABELLA: SHE-WOLF OF FRANCE
'THE READER IS IN EXPERT HANDS AS CHRISTOHER WARWICKS TELLS TEH INSPRING, PARTLY TRAGIC STORY OF THE GRAND DUCHESS ELISABETH, LEADING FROM ITS ROMATIC START TO ITS TERRIBLE CONCLUSION. WARWICK HAS MASTERED THE MATERIAL, AND GUIDES US SYMPATHETICALLY THROUGH THE STORY, ADDING MUCH THAT IS NEW. THE BOOK LINGERS WITH YOU LONG AFTER YOU HAVE FINISHED IT.'
—HUGO VICKERS, ROYAL HISTORIAN AND BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER, ALICE: PRINCESS ANDREW OF GREECE, CECIL BEATON, LOVING GARBO AND MANY OTHERS