The Resource The Romanovs : 1613-1918, Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Romanovs : 1613-1918, Simon Sebag Montefiore

Label
The Romanovs : 1613-1918
Title
The Romanovs
Title remainder
1613-1918
Statement of responsibility
Simon Sebag Montefiore
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Author
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 murder, encompassing the seminal years 1812, 1914 and 1917, that is both a universal study of power and a portrait of empire that helps define Russia today
Accompanying matter
technical information on music
Cataloging source
TEFOD
Dewey number
947.09/9
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
LC call number
DK37.8.R6
Literary text for sound recordings
  • biography
  • history
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PerformerNote
Read by Simon Russell Beale
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Label
The Romanovs : 1613-1918, Simon Sebag Montefiore
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digital storage
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
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Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 sound file (28 hr., 41 min., 39 sec.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780399567704
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Kind of material
other
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital
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Sound
sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
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unknown
Stock number
ABA32ECC-DEB5-465A-8015-5175BC2FD5C6
System control number
  • (OCoLC)948747935
  • (OCoLC)ocn948747935
  • 2317889
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