Alexandra: The Last Tsarina : The Tragic Story of the Last Empress of Russia, Paperback

Alexandra: The Last Tsarina : The Tragic Story of the Last Empress of Russia Paperback

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The lives and deaths of the Romanov family are redolent with colour and drama, but the personal life of the beautiful Tsarina Alexandra has remained enigmatic.

Under Erickson's masterful scrutiny the full dimensions of the Empress's singular psychology are revealed: her childhood bereavement, her long struggle to attain her romantic goal of marriage to her handsome cousin Nicholas, anguishing shyness, the struggles with her in-laws, a false pregnancy, her increasing eccentricities as she became more preoccupied with matters of faith, and her growing dependence on a series of occult mentors, the most notorious of whom was Rasputin.

With meticulous care, long-practised skill, and generous imagination, Erickson has brought Alexandra and her family back to life.

Taking advantage of material unavailable until the fall of the Soviet Union, Erickson portrays Alexandra's story as a closely observed, enthrallingly documented, progressive psychological retreat from reality.




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A very readable biography of this rather enigmatic lady. It almost seems like there are two Alexandras - the loving and intensely loyal friend, wife and mother, getting her hands dirty treating wounded soldiers in the war; and the reactionary and politically naïve and inflexible Empress whose actions and autocratic attitudes contributed much towards her own downfall. What a great constitutional royal family these Romanovs would have made, though, so long as their hands got nowhere near the levers of power. The book does suffer from not having any family trees, a big minus in a book which in its early parts deals extensively with the vast interconnected trans-European family of Queen Victoria.