It’s easy to become fixated on the rich and powerful, whose lives often appear seasoned with intricacies or dripping in luxury, only to self-destruct in sudden downward spirals. The Romanoffs, the long-awaited new TV show from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, has all of the required elements: wealth, drama, color, history, and family legends. These independent episodes depict the lives of people who think they’re descended from the famous Romanoff (or Romanov) dynasty of Russian history. For those of you who can’t get enough of this riveting miniseries, we’ve got you covered with these books starring royal families or influential individuals who have played a (sometimes little-known) role in history.
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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In 1853, Emperor Franz Joseph is Europe’s most powerful ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS tells the little-known and tumultuous love story of “Sisi,” the woman who became Franz Joseph’s wife, and the Austro-Hungarian Empress, when she was just fifteen.
The extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and through sheer determination transformed herself into Empress of Russia and became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.
Were you scandalized by Madame Nesle de la Tourelle’s costumes at Louis XV’s Versailles? Would you be surprised to learn that four of her sisters were also mistresses to the king? Sally Christie reimagines the lush Versailles court in all its excesses and offers up a complex exploration of power and sisterhood.