Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina

Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina

by Virginia Rounding
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Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina by Virginia Rounding

The dramatic story of Emperor Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia—A penetrating and deeply personal study that gives profound psychological insight into their marriage and how it shaped the events that engulfed them.

There are few characters in history about whom opinion has been more divided than the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, and his wife the Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. On one hand, they are venerated as saints, innocent victims of Bolshevik assassins, and on the other they are impugned as the unwitting harbingers of revolution and imperial collapse, blamed for all the ills that befell the Russian people in the 20th century. Theirs was also a tragic love story; for whatever else can be said of them, there can be no doubt that Alix and Nicky adored one another. Soon after their engagement, Alix wrote in her fiancé's diary: "Ever true and ever loving, faithful, pure and strong as death"—words which met their fulfillment twenty-four years later in a blood-spattered cellar in Ekaterinburg.

Through the letters and diaries written by the couple and by those around them, Virginia Rounding presents an intimate, penetrating, and fresh portrayal of these two complex figures and of their passion—their love and their suffering. She explores the nature and possible causes of the Empress's ill health, and examines in depth the enigmatic triangular relationship between Nicky, Alix and their ‘favourite,' Ania Vyrubova, protégée of the infamous Rasputin, extracting the meaning from words left unsaid, from hints and innuendoes..

The story of Alix and Nicky, of their four daughters known collectively as ‘OTMA' and of their hemophiliac little boy Alexei, is endlessly fascinating, and Rounding makes these characters come alive, presenting them in all their human dimensions and expertly leading the reader into their vanished world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429940900
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 236,771
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

VIRGINIA ROUNDING is a translator and writer who lives in London. She studied Russian at the University of London. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Catherine the Great and Grandes Horizontales.


VIRGINIA ROUNDING is a translator and writer who lives in London. She studied Russian at the University of London.  She is the author of the critically acclaimed Catherine the Great and Grandes Horizontales.

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Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The preview blurb asserts that this book examines new sources. That is difficult to determine, because, other than the author's speculations, the story is the same as I have read in better sources. Try "Nicholas and Alexandra" by Robert Massie, for one fine example. Some of the author's speculations are interesting and based on plentiful evidence, such as her examination of Alexandra's health and what might have been her actual illness. However, Rounding's attempt at testing Myer's-Briggs as a proxy for Nicholas is far too fanciful to be taken seriously. Speculating on his personality type is one thing, but taking the test and guessing at his answers is totally different. If you prefer fact to guessing, try a book written by a professional historian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago