Little Mother of Russia: A Biography of Empress Marie Fedorovna (1847-1928)

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Princess Dagmar, daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and sister Queen Alexandra of England and King George I of Greece, was betrothed to Tsarevitch Nicholas of Russia, a love match on both sides. Tragically, he died just months before their wedding. Out of duty she married his brother in 1866, and so fifteen years later this poor, obscure princess was raised to the heights of the Russian imperial throne when her husband became Alexander III, after the assassination of his father. Her son was Nicholas II, the last Tsar. More tragedy was in store. Her husband died in his prime and two of her sons died young. During the First World War, her advice unheeded, the Tsar took command of the army and she could only watch in despair as the country she loved was governed by her daughter-in-law Empress Alexandra and Rasputin, with disastrous results. Russia was engulfed in revolution, leading to the destruction of the dynasty and the Church. Many of her family disappeared, including two sons and five grandchildren--among them the controversial Anastasia. She escaped on a British warship and was brought to England. The most senior member of the dynasty to survive, her word was law amongst the emigres and her influence paramount among the surviving Romanovs. She had truly become Matoushka , the mother of the Russian People. She died in Denmark, a tragic relic of a bygone age. Using previously unpublished material from the Royal Archives and information in Russian, Danish and Finnish previously unavailable in English, this is the first biography of the Empress for 40 years and the first major work in English.

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Coryne Hall was born in Ealing, West London and developed an interest in history and genealogy from childhood. Her particular fascination for imperial Russian history began when she learnt that her great-grandmother was born in St. Petersburg, an almost exact contemporary of Tsar Nicholas II. Her interest was further fuelled by training in classical ballet, which at the time had a strong Russian influence. She began research in earnest on the life of Empress Marie Feodorovna in 1981. She is a regular contributor to Royalty Digest and the American-based European Royal History Journal .

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Hall has answered the need for a new, just, and accessible biography of Empress Marie Feodorovna, consort of the next-to-last czar of Russia. A daughter of the king of Denmark, Marie exchanged the informality of her native country for an amazingly opulent yet rigid court life when she married into the Russian imperial family. But her marriage proved successful, and the premature death of her husband, Czar Alexander III, devastated her. Although the empress' political influence had been subtle during her husband's reign, we see here that it exerted itself more overtly in the opening years of the reign of her weak son, Nicholas II. Hall is generous and insightful in analyzing the relationship between the extroverted Marie and her reserved daughter-in-law, Empress Alexandra. Nicholas and Alexandra, of course, were removed by the revolution and eventually executed; Marie, on the other hand, was rescued from Bolshevik hands and lived to the end of her long life as a force to be reckoned with both personally and politically. Brad Hooper
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