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read kindle ´ From Splendor to Revolution Õ Hardcover ↠ julia p. gelardi Ð This sweeping saga recreates the extraordinary opulence and violence of Tsarist Russia as the shadow of revolution fell over the land and destroyed a way of life for these Imperial women The early 1850s until thNmark the latter a Duchess of the German duchy of Mecklendburg SchwerinIn From Splendor to Revolution we watch these pampered aristocratic women fight for their lives as the cataclysm of war engulfs them In a matter of a few short years they fell from the pinnacle of wealth and power to the depths of danger poverty and exile It is an unforgettable epic stor Born to Rule Five Reigning Consorts Granddaughters of ueen Victoria also by Julia Gelardi stands out in my memory as one of the best books I've ever read The complex subject matter was made into a page turning narrative The history was a back drop and the focus was on the granddaughters of ueen Victoria who also became ueens If permitted seven stars I'd have awarded themThis book on four contemporaneous Romanov matriarchs while very good does not eual the other in readability or focus In this new book there is detail on history and the portraits of Marie of Romania and the Tsarina Alexandra subjects of the earlier book are a bit long for this occasion Despite this and a sometimes awkward insertion of direct uotes from primary sources the book is very good and an achievement for the authorOf the four portraits that of Empress Marie Feodorovna DagmarMinnie dominates the others in this book as she herself probably did in life She is every bit the Empress Her sister in law Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna had substance beyond her life of the party persona and had plenty of reason for I told you so dating back to Nicholas II's early days as Tsar I wonder how an alternative history with her husband Vladmir as Tsar would have played outueen Olga of Greece the daughter of Alexander II's brother Constantine experienced the upheavals in her native Russia as well as her adopted Greece Marie Alexandrovna the only daughter of Alexander II to survive childhood married ueen Victoria's son and thereby became the Duchess of Edinburgh and eventually through her husband's inherited throne the Duchess of Saxe Colburg GothaThese matriarchs spent far too much time plotting marriages that never seem to yield fruitful alliances and too much energy on objecting to love matches with commoners and divorcees Those in Russia were blithely unaware of the conditions in their country For instance they decked out in jewels for the first meeting of the Duma as though it would be something like a court event They may have thought they could impress the commoners with the accoutrements of royalty They did not seem to even glimpse that their imperial life style depended on a system that essentially guaranteed poverty to others Their acts of charity particularly during the war while commendable were merely band aids for a system not designed to consider the needs of the everyday soldierI've read a number of books on this period in Russia but this is the first time I've been impressed with how many times Nicholas II was warned about the influence of Rasputin Many royals and their staffs envisioned the collision course they are on and wrote in their diaries or otherwise recorded the disaster for Russia that they saw brewing Nicholas II in his ineptitude is a poster child for the folly of autocratic monarchies He even botched his abdication by not checking with his named successorThe author makes excellent use of many sources and the text is well documented This is a great addition to research on this era and I highly recommend if for those interesting in Russia and the Romanovs

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F grandeur under the tsars to the chaos of revolution and the beginnings of the Soviet UnionAt the center of all this tumult were four women of the Romanov dynasty Marie Alexandrovna and Olga Constantinovna were born into the family Russian Grand Duchesses at birth Marie Feodorovna and Marie Pavlovna married into the dynasty the former born a Princess of De An interesting book I’m always fascinated by the lives of the lesser known Romanovs and this book gives a good depiction of their lives and times

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From Splendor to RevolutionThis sweeping saga recreates the extraordinary opulence and violence of Tsarist Russia as the shadow of revolution fell over the land and destroyed a way of life for these Imperial women The early 1850s until the late 1920s marked a turbulent and significant era for Russia During that time the country underwent a massive transformation taking it from days o This is the second book I have read by this author and both have had me pulling hair by the end This one deals with four royal Romanovs and it is just three too many to keep straight Back and forth between Russia Germany and Greece and throw in England now and then and sometimes using proper names and sometimes nicknames and sometimes it all was very confusing None of the subjects gets developed in any depth if they had any depth to start with just being royal doesn't always hack it The book did make realize that terrorism and suicide bombers are nothing new to our generation I think I'd like to see what the author could do with a biography of one strong personality