From Splendor to Revolution

The Romanov Women, 1847--1928

Julia P. Gelardi

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This sweeping saga recreates the extraordinary opulence and violence of Tsarist Russia as the shadow of revolution fell over the land, and destroyed a way of life for these Imperial women

The early 1850s until the late 1920s marked a turbulent and significant era for Russia. During that time the country underwent a massive transformation, taking it from days of grandeur under the tsars to the chaos of revolution and the beginnings of the Soviet Union.

At the center of all this tumult were four women of the Romanov dynasty. Marie Alexandrovna and Olga Constantinovna were born into the family, Russian Grand Duchesses at birth. Marie Feodorovna and Marie Pavlovna married into the dynasty, the former born a Princess of Denmark, the latter a Duchess of the German duchy of Mecklendburg-Schwerin.

In From Splendor to Revolution, we watch these pampered aristocratic women fight for their lives as the cataclysm of war engulfs them. In a matter of a few short years, they fell from the pinnacle of wealth and power to the depths of danger, poverty, and exile. It is an unforgettable epic story.

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“Independent historian Gelardi has done her homework, drawing on an impressive array of primary and secondary sources to deliver a joint biography of four women who were part of Russia’s imperial dynasty in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. . . . Against the backdrop of a tumultuous period in Russian history, this is really a book about an extended family, with a family’s sorrows, joys, squabbles, and scandals, albeit on a very grand scale. . . . this is an absorbing account that will appeal to Russian history buffs and to those who enjoy reading about royals.”—Booklist

“Relating the drama and tragedy of royal life, Gelardi ably weaves in the extended family ties that connected most European rulers, including Queen Victoria, while also including helpful genealogy charts. Gelardi’s narrative framework of the four Romanov women’s long lives works well to explain not only the realties of the European courts and alliances but also the unique aspects of the Russian dynasty, which suffered repeated assassination attempts even during the age of splendor, resulting in young Nicholas II’s observation of his grandfather’s murder, possibly hastening Russia’s slide to revolution.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Gelardi does an exceptional job of relating the last years of the Romanovs via the formerly underutilized perspectives of the women behind the men. While Orlando Figes’s Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia used Tolstoy’s War and Peace as its framework, telling some of the same story, Gelardi offers a more richly detailed account, sure to captivate those with a deep interest in Russian and interrelated European history. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal


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Julia P. Gelardi

JULIA P. GELARDI is the author of Born to Rule and In Triumph’s Wake. She is an independent historian, currently living in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters.

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From Splendor to Revolution
The Romanov Women, 1847--1928
Julia P. Gelardi

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250001610
ISBN10: 1250001617
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 528 pages, Includes one 16-page b&w photo section
$19.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
February 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312371159
ISBN10: 0312371152
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 512 pages, Plus two 8-page black-and-white photo inserts
$32.50

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
February 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429990943
ISBN10: 1429990945
512 pages, Plus two 8-page black-and-white photo inserts
$9.99
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