Alexandra: The Last Tsarina
Taking advantage of material unavailable until the fall of the Soviet Union, Erickson portrays Alexandra's story as a closely observed, enthrallingly documented, progressive psychological retreat from reality.
The lives of the Romanovs were full of color and drama, but the personal life of Alexandra has remained enigmatic. Under Erickson's masterful scrutiny the full dimensions of the Empresses' singular psychology are revealed: her childhood bereavement, her long struggle to attain her romantic goal of marriage to Nicholas, the anguish of her pathological shyness, her struggles with her in-laws, her false pregnancy, her increasing eccentricities and loss of self as she became more preoccupied with matters of faith, and her increasing dependence on a series of occult mentors, the most notorious of whom was Rasputin. With meticulous care, long practiced skill, and generous imagination, Erickson crafts a character who lives and breathes.
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Review: Alexandra: The Last TsarinaUser Review - Irene Palfy - Goodreads
Highly enjoyable. The author tried to stay as neutral as possible and seldomly got into "the claws of sentimentality". Not as gossipy and scandal-hunting as others I really enjoyed this book. Read full review
Review: Alexandra: The Last TsarinaUser Review - Karolyn - Goodreads
I have always believed that Alix and Nicky were not as horrible as history leads us to believe, but they surely did not make it easy to defend them. Read full review