A Lifelong Passion by Sergei Mironenko
Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story

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These letters, most of which are published here for the first time, offer an intimate look at some of the most momentous events of the early 1900s, including Russia's participation in World War I and the fall of the Romanov dynasty in the Bolshevik revolution. Among the correspondents are Alexandra's beloved but domineering grandmother, Queen Victoria of England, and Nicholas' cousin, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. Most poignant, though, are the letters and diaries of the last Tsar and Tsarina, which stand as eloquent expressions of one of the great love affairs of this century.

A Lifelong Passion begins in 1884 with the couple's first childhood meeting and chronicles their intense courtship and first joyful years of marriage. The Romanovs' happiness was not to last, however, as they were quickly overtaken by the forces of war and revolution. The discovery that their only son and heir Alexei was stricken with hemophilia opened the family to the formidable and perhaps malign influence of the monk Rasputin, whose gory death at the hands of two Grand Dukes is here recounted by one of the murderers. Though unshaken in their love for one another, Nicholas and Alexandra could not hold their country together, and their story ends with a chilling account of their assassination by the Bolshevik revolutionaries.

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Mironenko is director of the state Archive, Moscow, also served on the authentication commission.
Published January 20, 1997 by Doubleday. 688 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Nicholas is the object of damning criticism: The French ambassador Paleologue describes his ``usual apathy.'' Alexandra, the object of great reproach among politicians for her sway over her husband, obliges with the following comment to Nicholas in 1917: ``Our people are idiots.'' Family problems...

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Members of Russia's royal Romanov family were compulsive letter-writers and diary-keepers. By splicing the writings of Czar Nicholas II, his wife, Empress Alexandra, their children, relatives and conf

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