Destruction of the Romanov Myth

The rise and fall of the Romanovs

 

Yesterday, I finished Simon Sebag Montefiore’s The Romanovs and it ends as you know it does, but still the termination of this family’s 300-year reign as sovereign gods of Russia is still shocking in its brutality. The book covers the history of a family safeguarded by bayonets, an iron-fisted and terrible rule, and divine aspirations. Rasputin, a holy fool (shown above), helped this royal family falter, but as Montefiore’s accounts there was hundreds of years of Romanov proclivities to undo the reigns of the tsar.

Source: [Reviews] | Destruction Myth, by Anne Applebaum | Harper’s Magazine