The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

Book Reviews, History

They were the Princess Dianas of their day—perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses—Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov—were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle.

The Romanov Sisters paints a tragic, yet undoubtedly fascinating picture of the last years of the Russian Empire through the eyes of the four Grand Duchesses and their entourage. Helen Rappaport’s book gives a hauntingly vivid new look at one of the most famous set of siblings in modern history. Masterfully written and meticulously researched, Helen Rapport’s narrative places Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia at the center stage of one of the most dramatic periods of modern history.

From Nicholas II’s marriage to Alexandra and the birth of Grand Duchess Olga, to the cold cellar in Ekaterinburg, the four brilliant Romanov girls lived in almost complete seclusion from the outside world.  Victims of circumstance and their position, the beautiful Romanov girls were never meant to become queens and wives of European noblemen. Victims of circumstance and their position, the beautiful Romanov girls were never meant to become queens and wives of European noblemen. The suffocating love of their mother, Tsarina Alexandra, has ultimately brought ruin upon them… In a lot of ways, The Romanov Sisters is a story of Alexandra, the frail, emotionally unstable tsarina that shied away from the Russian court, preferring seclusion to her traditional duties as Empress, and thus dragging the Tsar and her lovely daughters into disrepute.

The last Tsar’s family was not made for power. From the will-less Nicholas, who believed in absolute power to the very end, from the constantly-ill and indisposed Tsarina Alexandra to the four Grand Duchesses that differed so greatly from what the royal courts may expect…  The Romanov Sisters is, most definitely, one of the best possible introductions to the Romanov world, a well-written and enlightening account of four brilliant young women whose death was destined to haunt the pages of history forever.

Overall note: 5*

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