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Alexandra: The Last Tsarina

by Carolly Erickson

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The last Tsarina of Russia, Alexandra, is told to marry a cousin she doesn’t care for specially after she meets the Prince of Russia, Nicholas. After many years of begging to the Queen of England, Alexandra’s grandmother, if she could marry Nicholas the Queen agrees. Her destiny to be Queen of Russia, her love of Nicky and their 5 children can only end in tragedy.

I learned so much about Alexandra’s personality. I did not know she had illnesses that ailed her.
Most of the book I knew about but I love to read about the Romanov’s. There is just these attraction of love for each other and their natural beauty. Alexandra loved her family and Russia she try to keep both together for her husband was not natural leader like Alexandra he was
lover not a fighter. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Russia and the Romanov. ( )
  lavenderagate | Sep 13, 2012 |
I've always found Tsarina Alexandra to be a fascinating character. This book did a good job of presenting her in a sympathetic light, but not excluding her faults. The insights into her treatment by her Romanov relatives were new to me and gave an interesting idea of what Alexandra's day to day life must have been like. Overall the book made you wonder what might have been with the family. ( )
  yankeesfan1 | Dec 31, 2009 |
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. ( )
1 vote john257hopper | Jan 3, 2009 |
Many books have been written about Alexandra, the last Tsarina and her doomed family. Carolly Erickson nevertheless manages to paint a portrait worth reading which combines scholarly research and a thrilling narrative. ( )
1 vote bhowell | Dec 30, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031230238X, Paperback)

Tsarina Alexandra-hauntingly beautiful, melancholy, obsessed with the occult-was blamed by her contemporaries for the downfall of the Romanovs. But her true nature has eluded previous biographers. Using archival material unavailable before the fall of the Soviet Union, acclaimed historian Carolly Erickson's masterful study brings to life the full dimensions of the Empress's singular psychology: her childhood bereavement, her long struggle to marry Nicholas, the anguish of her pathological shyness, and her increasing dependence on a series of occult mentors, the most notorious of whom was Rasputin. With meticulous care, Erickson has crafted an intimate and richly detailed portrait of an enigmatic historical figure. Unfolding against the turbulent backdrop of Russian history in the last decades before the Revolution of 1917, this engrossing biography draws the reader in to Alexandra's isolated, increasingly troubled interior world. In these pages, the tsarina ceases to be a remote historical figure and becomes a character who lives and breathes.

Intimate, rich in detail, carefully researched and informed by a generous imagination, Erickson's page-turning account of Alexandra and her times is a gem of biographical storytelling, as vivid and hard to put down as an enthralling novel.

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"Just as Edvard Radzinsky wrote the ultimate account of Nicholas II in The Last Tsar and Robert Massie memorably described the imperial marriage in Nicholas and Alexandra, Carolly Erickson has created an indelible portrait of Alexandra, the woman blamed by her contemporaries for the downfall of the Romanovs." "Under Erickson's scrutiny the full dimensions of the empress's singular psychology are laid bare: her childhood bereavement, her long struggle to marry the deeply flawed man she loved, Nicholas, the anguish of her pathological shyness, her painful, bruising conflicts with her in-laws, her increasing eccentricities and loss of self as she became more and more preoccupied with matters of faith, and her growing dependence on a series of occult mentors, the most notorious of whom was Rasputin." "Alexandra's thorny personal story unfolds against the backdrop of Russian history in the last decades before the Revolution of 1917, a time of opulent palaces, bejeweled aristocrats, and lavish wealth - and also of anarchist bombs and pervasive violence and fear. While the rich of St. Petersburg were carried away in a frenzy of fin-de-siecle merrymaking, the empress, feeling the burden of having to be her husband's emotional mainstay, sought answers to Russia's overwhelming problems through mediums and charlatans - and attempted to find healing for her hemophiliac son through the mysterious wonder-working powers of Rasputin."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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