The Romanov empress: a novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

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For readers of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir comes a dramatic novel of the beloved Empress Maria, the Danish girl who became the mother of the last Russian tsar. Even from behind the throne, a woman can rule. Narrated by the mother of Russia's last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia's most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final years. Barely nineteen, Minnie knows that her station in life as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage--as her older sister Alix has done, moving to England to wed Queen Victoria's eldest son. The winds of fortune bring Minnie to Russia, where she marries the Romanov heir, Alexander, and once he ascends the throne, becomes empress. When resistance to his reign strikes at the heart of her family and the tsar sets out to crush all who oppose him, Minnie--now called Maria--must tread a perilous path of compromise in a country she has come to love. Her husband's death leaves their son Nicholas as the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided and crumbling empire. Determined to guide him to reforms that will bring Russia into the modern age, Maria faces implacable opposition from Nicholas's strong-willed wife, Alexandra, whose fervor has led her into a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin. As the unstoppable wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria will face her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache. From the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg and the intrigue-laced salons of the aristocracy to the World War I battlefields and the bloodied countryside occupied by the Bolsheviks, C. W. Gortner sweeps us into the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it. Praise for The Romanov Empress "[A] timely new historical novel . . . [C. W. Gortner's] ability to weave what reads as a simple tale from such complex historical and familial storylines is impressive. . . . Maria's life as a royal reads like a historical soap opera." -- USA Today "Gortner, an experienced hand at recreating the unique aura of a particular time and place, will deftly sweep historical-fictions fans into this glamorous, turbulent, and ultimately tragic chapter in history." -- Booklist (starred review)
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display_description Marrying the Romanov heir, nineteen-year-old Danish princess Minnie becomes empress of Russia and treads a perilous path of compromise in a beloved but resistance-torn country where her son becomes the last tsar. Minnie knows that her station in life as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage. She is brought to Russia, and marries the Romanov heir, Alexander. Once he ascends the throne, she becomes empress Maria. When their son, Nicholas, inherits the throne he is the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided and crumbling empire. Determined to guide him to reforms that will bring Russia into the modern age, Maria faces implacable opposition from Nicholas's wife, Alexandra, whose fervor has led her into a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin. -- adapted from jacket.
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subject_facet Biographical fiction, Empresses -- Russia -- Fiction, FICTION / Biographical, FICTION / Historical, FICTION / Literary, Historical fiction, Large type books, Maria Feodorovna, -- Empress, consort of Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, -- 1847-1928 -- Fiction, Marīi︠a︡ Ḟeodorovna, -- Empress, consort of Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, -- 1847-1928 -- Fiction, Romanov, House of -- Fiction, Russia -- History -- Alexander III, 1881-1894 -- Fiction, Russia -- History -- Revolution, 1905-1907 -- Fiction, Russia -- Kings and rulers -- Fiction
title_display The Romanov empress : a novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna
title_full The Romanov Empress A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, The Romanov Empress [text (large print)] : a novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna / by C. W. Gortner, The Romanov empress : a novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna / C.W. Gortner
title_short The Romanov empress :
title_sub a novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna
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