I’m currently reading The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montifore. I got it for Christmas and was very excited as it’s been sitting in my Amazon shopping basket for ages!
I’ve always been interested in the Romanov family, by which I mean Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei who were murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918.
Nicholas II was the cousin of George V (their mothers were sisters) and it is said that the King was forever haunted with the regret of refusing Nicholas and his family asylum when he had the chance.
Anyway, this book is the full history of all of the Romanovs ruling Russia. It covers 20 tsars and tsarinas spanning 300 years and I CAN’T PUT IT DOWN.
This is history at its bloodiest; expect murder, beheadings and torture alongside love affairs, scheming politics and regal extravagance. I’m totally gripped.