From Splendor to Revolution

From Splendor to Revolution

The Romanov Women, 1847-1928

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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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312371159
Characteristics: xxvii, 482 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, genealogical tables ; 25 cm


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Nov 02, 2013

This is a wonderful book which I enjoyed from beginning to end. Well written and well documented, it is a real gem. I have enjoyed all of Ms. Gelardi's books and wish only that she writes many more.

debwalker Mar 31, 2011

This has a personal interest for me, because when I was 4 or 5, I met the Grand Duchess Olga, when she lived in Cooksville and was a friend and neighbour of my grandparents. I've inherited a watercolour she gave to them, signed simply "Olga". What a life she had.

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