W&N History HB January £25.00 608pp 24pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 85266 7 eBook: £25.00 / 978 1 474 60027 9 Audio: £25.00 / 978 1 4091 6103 5 / 20 hrs
‘Montefiore has a great novelist’s eye for human detail, a great journalist’s nose for human frailty and a great historian’s touch when it comes to selecting just the right primary source to bring the past alive’ – The Times
W&N Non-Fiction • January 2016
SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE The Romanovs 1613–1918
A magnificent history of Russia’s imperial dynasty from the author of the No. 1 bestseller Jerusalem. This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, touched by genius and madness, inspired by holy autocracy, tainted by remorseless killing and sexual decadence. Montefiore’s gripping family chronicle reveals a secret world of unlimited power, ruthless empire-building and palace conspiracy, with a global cast of tyrants, poets and adventuresses – from Ivan the Terrible to Lenin, Tolstoy to Lincoln, and the Kaiser to Queen Victoria. Written with dazzling literary flair and drawing on new archival research, The Romanovs is an enthralling story of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power, and an essential portrait of the empire that still defines Russia today. Simon Sebag Montefiore is a bestselling historian and author whose multi-award-winning books have been translated into over forty languages. The Romanovs sees him return to the subject that launched his career, with his acclaimed biography Catherine the Great and Potemkin (recently optioned for film by Angelina Jolie). This was followed by Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (winner of the History Book of the Year Prize); Young Stalin (winner of the Costa Biography Award) and Jerusalem: The Biography, which won the Jewish Book of the Year Prize and has sold over a quarter of a million copies. He is also the author of two acclaimed novels: Sashenka and One Night in Winter. Dr Sebag Montefiore is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor at Buckingham University.
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