This book examines his life and reign including his mistress Catherine Dolgorouky who later became his second wife, and the lives of his children: Tsar Alexander III; his daughter Grand Duchess Marie; Grand Duke Serge; Grand Duke Pau plus his four illegitimate children by his mistress, one of whom lived in England until her death in 1959.
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John Van Der Kiste is a well-known biographer of Royals, and has written many books on the British and European monarchies. He is a contributor to the New Dictionary of National Biography.From Booklist:
This study wisely skirts around the last czar, Nicholas II, and his consort, Alexandra, in its focus on more interesting (and equally tragic) members of Russia's doomed dynastic house. In particular, Van der Kiste's portrait of Alexander II is especially affecting. The Czar Liberator emancipated the serfs and hoped to reform and re-energize local government, but his liberal policies unleashed pent-up frustrations and revolutionary ardor, culminating in his assassination. Some of the more obscure family members are quite fascinating, including those who lived quiet lives of exile in England and France. The illustrations, many of them rarely published, supplement a well-written and often emotionally moving family chronicle. Jay Freeman
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Book Description Sutton Pub Ltd, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0750916311
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