The Family Romanov
Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial RussiaeBook - 2014
Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family's extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.
"An exhilarating narrative history of a doomed and clueless family and empire." —Jim Murphy, author of Newbery Honor Books An American Plague and The Great Fire
"For readers who regard history as dull, Fleming's extraordinary book is proof positive that, on the contrary, it is endlessly fascinating, absorbing as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable reading experience." —Booklist, Starred
"Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman's Charles and Emma with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin's Bomb, Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting work of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the imagination as much as the intellect." —The Horn Book, Starred
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature
Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction
A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist
Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction
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The beginning of the end of Romanov rule of Russia began with the ascension of Nicholas II. Ill prepared for the crown by his father, Nicholas depended heavily on his new wife Alexandra (married under the shadow of the death of Nicholas’ father their marriage was seen as a curse by the Russian people). Problems for the Romanovs multiplied when Alexandra, after several difficult pregnancies, produced only female heirs leaving the line of succession unsure. A disconnect from the government and the people, and an overdependence on Alexandra and her religious advisors, made Nicholas appear weak and indecisive. When their son Alexi was born, the couple thought all their trails were over…unwilling to acknowledge the revolution brewing in their country.
Living an idyllic, close-knit family life, the Romanov children were unaware of the turbulence outside their palace. As Russia entered World War II the patience of the people frayed. They formed their own representative government, a rebellion that Nicholas did not handle well taking all power away from the Duma before their first meeting. The people, incensed at the Tsar’s disregard for their rights to be heard rebelled again and were only sated when Nicholas abdicated the throne. Living in exile and house arrest, the Romanovs thought they would be able to live the quiet life they had always wanted. But as the White Army marched to Siberia to free the family, their Bolshevik guards rounded the family up in the basement and murdered them, disposing of the bodies in a marsh. The legend of the Romanovs would live on after their 300 year reign.
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"The tsar offends the nation by what he allows to go on in the palace . . . while the country offends the tsar by its terrible suspicions. The result is the destruction of those centuries-old ties which have sustained Russia. And the cause of all this? The weakness of one man and one woman. . . . Oh, how terrible an autocracy without an autocrat!"
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