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Romanov autumn : stories from the last century of Imperial Russia
Zeepvat, Charlotte.
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Stroud : Sutton, [2000]

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xiii, 287 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical tables, portraits ; 25 cm
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DK188.3 .Z44 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
DK188.3 .Z44 2000 Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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There is a continuing fascination with the Romanov dynasty that ruled Russia for over 300 years. Charlotte Zeepvat seeks to widen the picture by looking at the lives of members of the family during the last century of imperial rule, a time of contrasts and a period in which the Tsars reached the peak of their wealth, prestige and power, yet also faced the growth of forces which would destroy them.

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Booklist Review

Zeepvat has written extensively on various royal figures, and she is a historical consultant for Royalty Digest. In examining the last century of the Romanov dynasty, she has not provided a conventional narrative history. Rather, by concentrating on the lives of selected members of the imperial family and the elaborate homes in which they lived, Zeepvat shines light on the quirks, attitudes, and fatal weaknesses of a doomed ruling class. Many of her subjects hardly seem worthy of the attention, but some of the more obscure subjects are revealed as individuals of great substance and courage. The illustrations highlight the lush life of royalty amidst the grinding poverty that oppressed most Russians. Zeepvat tends to treat the Romanovs as though they were functioning on a plane isolated from the rest of society, and perhaps they were. While serious historians will find little of value here, royalty junkies can have a field day. --Jay Freeman