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The Romanovs - 1613-1918

Simon Sebag Montefiore

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. To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice: six of the last twelve tsars were murdered. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while making Russia an empire, and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs and fancy dress. Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband (who was murdered soon afterward), enjoyed affairs with a series of young male favorites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe. Paul I was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who in turn faced Napoleon's invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever composed by a ruler. The Romanovs climaxes with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas II and Alexandra, the rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolution-and the harrowing massacre of the entire family. Dazzlingly entertaining and beautifully written from start to finish, The Romanovs brings these monarchs-male and female, great and flawed, their families and courts-blazingly to life. Drawing on new archival research, Montefiore delivers an enthralling epic of triumph and tragedy, love and

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. To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice: six of the last twelve tsars were murdered. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while making Russia an empire, and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs and fancy dress. Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband (who was murdered soon afterward), enjoyed affairs with a series of young male favorites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe. Paul I was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who in turn faced Napoleon's invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever composed by a ruler. The Romanovs climaxes with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas II and Alexandra, the rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolution-and the harrowing massacre of the entire family. Dazzlingly entertaining and beautifully written from start to finish, The Romanovs brings these monarchs-male and female, great and flawed, their families and courts-blazingly to life. Drawing on new archival research, Montefiore delivers an enthralling epic of triumph and tragedy, love and
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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. To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice: six of the last twelve tsars were murdered. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while making Russia an empire, and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs and fancy dress. Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband (who was murdered soon afterward), enjoyed affairs with a series of young male favorites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe. Paul I was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who in turn faced Napoleon's invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever composed by a ruler. The Romanovs climaxes with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas II and Alexandra, the rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolution-and the harrowing massacre of the entire family. Dazzlingly entertaining and beautifully written from start to finish, The Romanovs brings these monarchs-male and female, great and flawed, their families and courts-blazingly to life. Drawing on new archival research, Montefiore delivers an enthralling epic of triumph and tragedy, love and

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Russell Beale

Length:

28h 45m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:58


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:23


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:30


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:50


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:15


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:41


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:13


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:00


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:04


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:24


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:28


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:42


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:30


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:27


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:36


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:39


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:04


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:15


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:10


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:41


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:46


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:56


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:07


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:32


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:30


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:23


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:52


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:44


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:55


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:53


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:05


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:59


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:46


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:27


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:19


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:13


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:17


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:30


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:08


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:36


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:55


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:24


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:02


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:23


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:57


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:57


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:56


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:53


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:53


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:05


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:16


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:07


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:36


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:47


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:03


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:50


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:43


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:40


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

09:30


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

09:12


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:26


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:10


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:17


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:00


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:19


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

08:46


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:37


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:51


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:37


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

09:08


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:58


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:46


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:19


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

08:44


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:50


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:31


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:22


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:26


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:27


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:08


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:10


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:38


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:40


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

08:13


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

08:00


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:24


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:41


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

08:58


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

08:30


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

08:31


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

07:34


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

07:57


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

08:33


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

08:33


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

08:50


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

08:53


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

08:15


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

08:20


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

09:04


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

07:41


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

07:07


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

08:32


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

07:49


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

07:04


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

07:03


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:16


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:22


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

08:27


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

09:04


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

07:54


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

08:43


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

08:19


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

08:36


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:32


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

08:05


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

07:06


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

08:23


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

08:56


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

07:49


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

08:08


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

08:36


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

08:38


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

08:50


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:52


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

05:48


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

08:02


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

08:44


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

08:12


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

08:00


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

08:32


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

08:10


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

08:28


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

08:39


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

08:50


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

08:53


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

08:17


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

08:47


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

08:54


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

08:22


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

04:36


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

05:15


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

06:02


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

07:18


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

08:06


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

08:01


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

08:39


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

08:08

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