The Romanovs: 1613-1918

Simon Sebag Montefiore
W&N • 2016

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest em...t empire? And how did they lose it all?This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy and Pushkin, to Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria and Lenin.
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Dvadsať cárov a cárovien. Absolutizmus v Rusku. Čo všetko môže spôsobiť neobmedzená moc? Popravy, mučenie, paranoja... To je len začiatok opisu ich vládnutia.Čitateľ zisťuje, že v tých časoch sa nedalo veriť nikomu – ani vlastnej rodine. Hemžilo sa to tam vraždami, sprisahaniami, otravami a nikto si nemohol byť istý, že sa dožije rána. Tento neustály strach neprospieval psychike. Niektorí[...]

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The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?

This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy and Pushkin, to Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria and Lenin.