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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book...,
This review is from: Romanov Autumn (Hardcover)
I hardly go through a book from start to finish without interruption. This book is one of the few that captured my interest from the first page to the very last. Zeepvat did an excellent job telling the stories and the peoples of the Imperial Russian family during the 19th and early 20th century. Each chapter focuses on a certain individual of the Romanov family, from Tsar Nicholas I to Nicholas II and everyone is between. I would recommend this book along side another one of Zeepvat's work - The Tsar and the Camera.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Waning Years of Russian Royalty,
As an expert in the history of modern European royalty, Zeepvat has produced in this book a well-research and very readible and colorful account of life in the Romanov court during the last full century of its existence as a dynasty. She offers some valuable insights as to how this extended family of inbred nobility lived and operated under some of the most difficult political and social circumstances the 19th century had to offer: war, rebellion, death, infidelity, loneliness, and fear of assassination. Each of her stories probes a particular character who made a valuable contribution, in her estimation, to preserving the legacy of czardom. Everybody from the prominent to the obscure in the person of princes, princesses, nannies, tsesareviches, czars, and czarinas, and generals receives some critical praise for keeping the dynasty afloat. In reading these biographical sketches, the reader should be prepared to dispense with any preconceived notions that the Romanovs of the 19th century were just a pack of dynastic ne'er do-wells. As Zeepavt points out, this was a royal family that took its duties and destiny very seriously. What worked against their very good intentions to love and serve their people was the ever-growing ferment of modernization that was starting to rock the empire. The clamor for reform was in the air but Romanovs were not quick to respond for fear that it could destroy them. These were unsafe times when monarchs could not always confidently draw close to their subjects with the assurance that they would be well-received and appreciated. While many czars did occasionally tour this massive kingdom, it was usually under the tightest of security and with the knowledge that their popularity was seriously eroding. The key women in the Russian court of this era perhaps had the biggest challenge of all: bearing and raising children to assume key roles in the administration of royal government. While some lived up to their high calling, there were also many duds who tragically put their own self-interests ahead of those of their subjects. Whatever fault one kind find with this latter collection of Romanovs, disloyalty to each other is not one of them. To confirm this point, Zeepvat includes a great collection of photos showing various members coming together in family shots in annual reunions. In this retelling of the tragic end of a truly great monarchical order, Zeepvat strives to present all its members in the most humanly endearing terms as possible. While they had great love for each other, unfortunately they were unable to find ways in which to share it with commoners outside the palace gates.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!,
A delightful collection of stories starting with the first Nicholas and Alexandra in 1817, winding it's way to a story about the Tsesarevich Alexei. Many lesser known members of the Imperial Family are here, many who are quite interesting in and of themselves!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!,
Zeepvat didn't write anything short of an amazing book on the 19th century Romanovs. She really got into the intimate details of family life as well as writing of their political role. A must read book for all Romanov fans!
5.0 out of 5 stars For collectors of all things Romanov, this is a must have.,
Very well written series of 'short stories' of different members of the Russian royal family at the turn of the 19th century, some obscure and not normally written about, which I found very refreshing. I am an avid collector of historical biographies, Russian royal family especially, but I have never seen such a comprehensive exploration of the Romanovs. Quite a few pictures I had not seen before also. All in all a great investment, and a very good read.
5.0 out of 5 stars a fascinating exploration through a complex family,
This book goes way beyond the normal stories of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna. Charlotte Zeepvat leads us through the personalities in the Romanov family, and what part they played in imperial Russia and its downfall. Through these biographies the reader can understand the slide from a united family to the rival factions that partly brought about the Revolution and its aftermath. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever wondered about the imperial house of Russia , and the fate that awaited them.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Romanov Tapestry,
This is a well written book that covers the last century of the Russian Romanov dynasty.
The author has chosen a wide focus rather than a narrow one on Nicholas II and Alexandra. For once we get to meet the other family memebers, learn about their personalities and what events shaped their lives and the fate of the dynasty.
We also get to read in detail about the various palaces and estates the family used. These are often referred to in other books without any real background information on their history or importance to the family being described. This book fills that vacume.
If you know nothing about the Romanovs this is a fantastic place to start as all these people's live stories weave in and out of each other to create an amazing and true story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Push beyond NAOTMAA ...,
This wonderful book will give you a greater appreciation for the House of Romanov, with information about various family members and others not immediately included within Tsar Nicholas II's immediate family circle. Some unlikely - but vastly entertaining - stories come to light. You'll especially enjoy the section on Nicky's favorite uncle. :o) Zeepvat's own artwork illustrates the chapter introductions - delightful!
If you want to expand your knowledge of the Romanovs past NAOTMAA and aren't sure where to start, this book is a manageable beginning. It covers many relevant personages and situations from the ninteenth century - the last full century of Romanov rule.
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable piece of Romanov reading!,
This book is an enjoyable read for the serious or not so serious fan of the ill-fated Romanov dynasty. It is not too heavy and yet it is well researched. In her book, Zeepvat tells the tale of many of the personalities that made up this powerful ruling family. I would recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information. Recommended for the Russian Historian,
This review is from: Romanov Autumn (Hardcover)
Charlotte Zeepvat's efforts are clearly shown throughtout this detailed book. She displays so many minor but interesting characters of the last centruy of Romanovs. Though it gets confusing, it is most likely people's unfamiliarity to the family and history.
Zeepvat paints a good writing of stories on these rarely known royals. Many of the stories can be very tragic and sad but it is none the less, informative.
If I ever need to write a paper on any of the characters, this is the book I will run to. It is a merger of many Romanov books with fantastic photos of the little known royals.
I appreciate Zeepvat's decision not to include much of the general stories of Nicholas II, his family, particularily Anastastia. This book is no Russian Royal book cliche like all the others on the last Tsar et al.,. It is packed with information on specific and interesting characters.
The author has done a wonderful job. If you have at least a slight interest in Russian History, this is the book for you.
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Romanov Autumn by Charlotte Zeepvat (Hardcover - March 25 2000)
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