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8 Books About Royal Russian History

Taylor Noel is a corporate marketing manager at Simon and Schuster. She loves literary fiction and memoirs, but will read any book put in her hands. Taylor shares her book obsessions on Instagram @books_with_taylor.

Maybe you haven’t heard, but the 1997 animated movie “Anastasia” has finally been adapted for Broadway! Ever since I broke my VHS tape of it after playing the movie on repeat, I have been waiting for this story to take center stage. I was completely entranced by the grand duchess and her beautiful, tragic Russian childhood, despite the grim reality of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, which led to Anastasia’s entire family being murdered in an extrajudicial killing by members of the secret police. If you, too, are obsessed with all things Russian Empire and need something to hold you over until you see the play on Broadway, pick up one of these books about Anastasia, the Romanov family, or other royal Russians.

And if you haven’t gotten your Russian fix yet, here’s a list of Russian Novels to Read Before You Die.


Nicholas and Alexandra
by Robert K. Massie
A powerful drama of luxury and intrigue, NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA transports readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the true story of the politically naive Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, who was obsessed with the corrupt mystic Rasputin. Robert K. Massie expertly sets the stage as the death-marked Romanovs fatally fall from power.
Nicholas and Alexandra
Robert K. Massie

In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs’ lives: Nicholas’s political naïveté, Alexandra’s obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis’s brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history—the story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble.

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The Romanov Sisters
by Helen Rappaport
THE ROMANOV SISTERS is the extensively researched true story of Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, the four daughters of Nicolas and Alexandra, who—before their tragic deaths in an Ekaterinburg basement in 1918—were intelligent, sensitive, and perceptive witnesses of the changing world around them.
The Romanov Sisters
Helen Rappaport

A captivating, thoughtful, and eye-opening look at the four tragic Russian grand duchesses, killed in their early teens and twenties in 1918. Though they’ve captured the public imagination, their intelligence, thoughtful personalities, and private lives had never been fully explored until Helen Rappaport’s revealing and informative bestselling biography.

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The Kitchen Boy
by Robert Alexander
THE KITCHEN BOY is the imaginative retelling of the final days of the Romanovs as told through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka, who may know more about the brutal murders than he lets on. After all, he claims to be the last living witness to the Romanovs’ brutal murders and in possession of more than one dark family secret.
The Kitchen Boy
Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander re-creates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days and brutal murder of the Romanovs as seen through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka. Historically vivid and compelling, THE KITCHEN BOY is also a touching portrait of a loving family that was in many ways similar, yet so different, from any other.

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The Romanovs
by Simon Sebag Montefiore

An intimate and heartrending true account of Russia’s 20 tsars and tsarinas as they turned a war-ruined principality into one of the greatest empires, only to lose it all, THE ROMANOVS’ cast of characters includes Ivan the Terrible, Tolstoy, Pushkin, Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria, and Lenin. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s dazzling epic reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence, and wild extravagance.

The Romanovs
Simon Sebag Montefiore

An intimate and heartrending true account of Russia’s 20 tsars and tsarinas as they turned a war-ruined principality into one of the greatest empires, only to lose it all, THE ROMANOVS’ cast of characters includes Ivan the Terrible, Tolstoy, Pushkin, Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria, and Lenin. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s dazzling epic reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence, and wild extravagance.

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Anastasia's Secret
by Susanne Dunlap

In this magnetic novel, Anastasia Romanov, living in exile in menacing circumstances in Siberia after the revolution, secretly falls in love with a young guard named Sasha who might have the power to help save her family. Inspired by the mysteries surrounding the Romanovs, ANASTASIA’S SECRET is a compelling and romantic vision of what might have been.

Anastasia's Secret
Susanne Dunlap

In this magnetic novel, Anastasia Romanov, living in exile in menacing circumstances in Siberia after the revolution, secretly falls in love with a young guard named Sasha who might have the power to help save her family. Inspired by the mysteries surrounding the Romanovs, ANASTASIA’S SECRET is a compelling and romantic vision of what might have been.

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Rasputin
by Douglas Smith

RASPUTIN definitively captures the true life of a man—whose debauchery and sinister political influence is the stuff of legend—in all his complexity as a servant of God, a voice of peace, a loyal subject, an adulterer, a drunkard, and an esteemed confidant of the Romanovs.

Rasputin
Douglas Smith

RASPUTIN definitively captures the true life of a man—whose debauchery and sinister political influence is the stuff of legend—in all his complexity as a servant of God, a voice of peace, a loyal subject, an adulterer, a drunkard, and an esteemed confidant of the Romanovs.

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The House of Special Purpose
by John Boyne

Part love story, part historical epic, and part tragedy, this propulsive novel tells the story of 88-year-old Georgy Jachmenev as he travels back to the Winter Palace of the czar and faces the memories of that house and the revolutions that drove him away. He intends this to be his final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved, but finds himself haunted by the past.

The House of Special Purpose
John Boyne

Part love story, part historical epic, and part tragedy, this propulsive novel tells the story of 88-year-old Georgy Jachmenev as he travels back to the Winter Palace of the czar and faces the memories of that house and the revolutions that drove him away. He intends this to be his final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved, but finds himself haunted by the past.

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The Winter Palace
by Eva Stachniak

Dramatic and highly entertaining, THE WINTER PALACE is a passionate novel about Catherine the Great and her secret alliance with a young servant girl at court that carried the princess into power through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia.

The Winter Palace
Eva Stachniak

Dramatic and highly entertaining, THE WINTER PALACE is a passionate novel about Catherine the Great and her secret alliance with a young servant girl at court that carried the princess into power through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia.

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