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FROM SPLENDOR TO REVOLUTION
The Romanov Women, 1847-1928
by Julia P. Gelardi

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This sweeping saga re-creates the extraordinary opulence and violence of Tsarist Russia as the shadow of Revolution fell over the land, an apocalypse that destroyed a way of life for these imperial women of the Romanov dynasty.

The years between the early 1850s and the late 1920s marked a turbulent and significant era for Russia. During that time the country underwent a massive transformation, taking it from days of grandeur under the tsars to the chaos of revolution and the beginnings of the Soviet Union.

At the center of this tumult were four women of the Romanov dynasty. Marie Alexandrovna and Olga Constantinovna were born in Russia, Russian grand duchesses at birth. Marie Feodorovna and Marie Pavlovna married into the dynasty: the former born a princess of Denmark, the latter a duchess of the German duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

These Romanov women, distinguished in varying degrees by their beauty and elegance, their wealth and power, savored a life of privilege and unsurpassed luxury. Marie Alexandrovna, Tsar Alexander II's pampered daughter, astonished her mother-in-law, Queen Victoria, with her strength of character. Thrust into the role of queen at age sixteen, Olga Constantinovna's altruistic streak benefited Greeks and Russians alike. Charming and vivacious, Marie Feodorovna, the mother of the ill-fated Tsar Nicholas II, excelled in her role as empress. Formidable and ambitious, Marie Pavlovna emerged as a rival to Tsarina Alexandra, Nicholas II's embattled consort.

From Splendor to Revolution presents the unforgettable political and personal dramas of these extraordinary women. What began for them as a time of splendor ended before World War I with Russia destroyed by revolution.

Julia P. Gelardi is the author of Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria (2006), and In Triumph's Wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the Price They Paid for Glory (2009).

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ITEM # 2257
PUBLISHED:2011
BINDING: Soft Cover Edition
SIZE: 8-1/4" x 5-1/2"
NO. PAGES: 482
ILLUSTRATIONS: 36 Black & White Photos
LANGUAGE: English

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