Court of the Last Tsar: Pomp, Power and Pageantry in the Reign of Nicholas II

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"Any book by Greg King is a book to be kept and savored. He has not only given us a fresh, clear-eyed, and often startling new look at the life of the last Romanovs, but also lived up to the promise of his title. He has shown us how the whole enterprise worked, from Tsar Nicholas to his lowest cook and chambermaid. This book is a great work of scholarship?and a wonderful read."
?Peter Kurth, author of Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and ...

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Overview

Praise for The Court of the Last Tsar

"Any book by Greg King is a book to be kept and savored. He has not only given us a fresh, clear-eyed, and often startling new look at the life of the last Romanovs, but also lived up to the promise of his title. He has shown us how the whole enterprise worked, from Tsar Nicholas to his lowest cook and chambermaid. This book is a great work of scholarship—and a wonderful read."
—Peter Kurth, author of Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra and Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson

"A mammoth, monumental achievement. No other book captures the essence and the entire scope of life at the court of Nicholas II. It's a thoroughly enjoyable and encyclopedic masterpiece that will be a major source for historians and biographers for years to come."
—Marlene A. Eilers, author of Queen Victoria's Descendants and publisher of Royal Book News

"Greg King has truly written a tour de force. The book is extremely well researched, has over 100 illustrations and is, quite simply, marvelous."
—Coryne Hall, author of Little Mother of Russia, Once a Grand Duchess, and Imperial Dancer

"Greg King is emerging as one of the leading authorities in today's liveliest field of Russian studies, and this is a major contribution to the study of late Imperial Russia."
—Joseph T. Fuhrmann, author of Rasputin and the editor of The Complete Wartime Correspondence of Tsar Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra

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* "...so completely approached the ear from a cultural standpoint...great companion to Russian Revolution and Nicholas and Alexandra collections in all libraries." (Library Journal, February 15, 2006)

"...for those who are intrigued by the Russian high court, there is no better escort." (Publishers Weekly, November 28, 2005)

"…fascinating, exotic, indispensable." ( The Sunday Telegraph, December 2006)

Publishers Weekly
This high-end coffee-table book offers a comprehensive look at the lifestyles of the late-czarist rich and famous. King (The Fate of the Romanovs) includes chapters on major czarist institutions like the Russian Orthodox Church, but this is not his main interest; instead, he focuses on imperial ceremonies, palaces and the fashions of Nicholas's court, as well as sexual scandals involving members of the Romanov family. King has a vast knowledge of the subject, and those who are fascinated by the life of the royals and aristocratic intrigue will find much to delight in; for instance, his description of czarist royal jewelry and the magnificence of Russian balls, even as the regime was soon to crumble, adds to our understanding of how myopic the regime was. The photographs, both color and b&w, add to the book's appeal. King has made valuable use of memoirs from the era, but sometimes he uses them uncritically. But for those who are intrigued by the Russian high court, there is no better escort. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Since the fall of the USSR, many writers have covered the Russian Revolution and the Romanovs. None, however, has so completely approached the era from a cultural standpoint as King (The Fate of the Romanovs). He delves deep to display and study the people, places, and pageantry of the Russian court and to illuminate this "insular universe" whose very nature in turn explains many of the issues that brought about the Russian Revolution. In pointing out that after the revolution, Olga, sister of Nicholas II (who ruled from 1894 to 1917), bemoaned the "decay that hung over the dynasty as it entered the twentieth century," King does not connect the dots to the personalities involved in Russia's revolutionary activity, but he need not. His revelations of the pleasures and possessions of the imperial court draw a clear picture of the rot from within. This volume, filled with many color and black-and-white illustrations (not seen), fills the gaps created by purely political and historical treatments of the era. Orlando Figes's Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia comes the closest to the domain of King's book, which is much more thorough and strays less into the distant past. A great companion to Russian Revolution and Nicholas and Alexandra collections in all libraries.-Harry Willems, Southeast Kansas Lib. Syst., Iola Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471727637
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/24/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 619,998
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

GREG KING is the coauthor of The Fate of the Romanovs (Wiley). His previous works include The Last Empress: The Life and Times of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia and The Man Who Killed Rasputin: Prince Felix Youssoupov and the Murder That Helped Bring Down the Russian Empire. He has worked as an on-screen commentator with the Learning Channel, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the Arts and Entertainment Channel.
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Table of Contents

Author’s Note.

Introduction.

Prologue: St. Petersburg.

PART ONE: PERSONAGES.

1. The Last Tsar.

2. The Imperial Family.

3. A Rival Court.

4. The Romanovs.

5. The Russian Court.

6. Below Stairs at the Palace.

7. The Military.

8. The Aristocracy.

9. The Russian Orthodox Church.

PART TWO: PALACES.

10. The Winter Palace.

11. Tsarskoye Selo.

12. Peterhof.

13. The Moscow Palaces.

PART THREE: POSSESSIONS.

14. Imperial Riches.

15. Fashion at the Russian Court.

16. Jewelry, Regalia, and Objets d’art.

17. Imperial Transportation.

18. Country Estates.

PART FOUR: PAGEANTRY.

19. Imperial Ceremonies.

20. An Imperial Funeral.

21. An Imperial Wedding.

22. The Coronation.

23. The Tercentenary.

PART FIVE: PLEASURES.

24. Imperial Balls.

25. State Visits.

26. The Crimea.

27. The Last Season.

Epilogue: July 20, 1914: The Beginning of the End.

Acknowledgments.

Appendix A: Family Tree of Nicholas I.

Appendix B: Organizational Chart of the Russian Imperial Court.

Appendix C: The Imperial Court in 1914.

Appendix D: Palace Floor Plans.

Appendix E: Maps of the Imperial Estates.

Appendix F: Map of St. Petersburg.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    Not What It Is Cracked Up To Be

    This really isn't a coffee table book. After what has been discovered about King's last book 'Fate of the Romanovs' (a book that is VERY misleading) I wouldn't place too much faith in this book, either.

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