To Free the Romanovs: Royal Kinship and Betrayal in Europe 1917-1919

To Free the Romanovs: Royal Kinship and Betrayal in Europe 1917-1919

by Coryne Hall


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When Russia erupted into revolution, almost overnight the pampered lifestyle of the Imperial family vanished. Within months many of them were under arrest and they became "enemies of the Revolution and the Russian people." None of them wanted to leave Russia; they expected to be back on their estates soon and live as before. When it became obvious that this was not going to happen a few managed to flee, but others became dependent on foreign relatives for help. After 35 years researching and writing about the Romanovs, Coryne Hall considers the end of the 300-year-old dynasty, and the guilt of the royal families in Europe over the Romanovs' bloody end. Did the Kaiser do enough? Did George V? When the Tsar’s cousins King Haakon of Norway and King Christian of Denmark heard of Nicholas’s abdication, what did they do? Unpublished diaries of the Tsar’s cousin Grand Duke Dmitri give a new insight to the Romanovs’ feelings about George V’s involvement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445681979
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 561,435
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Coryne Hall is the author of Imperial Dancer: Mathilde Kschessinska and the Romanovs.

Table of Contents

Family trees 6

List of illustrations 9

Author's Note and Acknowledgements 10

A Note on Names, Dates and Titles 12

Introduction: The Queen's Visit to Russia, 1994 14

1 Revolution and Abdication 17

2 Tsar for a Day 30

3 King George's Betrayal 44

4 The Scandinavian Connection 64

5 Prisoners of the Provisional Government 75

6 The Bolshevik Revolution 94

7 Germany's role 114

8 Towards the Urals 122

9 First Victims and First Escapes 137

10 Ekaterinburg 151

11 The Trust of Kings 168

12 Escape of a Tsar's Daughter 191

13 Romania, an Unlikely Saviour 200

14 The Doomed Grand Dukes 215

15 King George's Embarrassment 230

Postscript 247

Notes 262

Select Bibliography 275

Index 281

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