A Mile Of River

A Mile Of River

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Ekaterinburg The Last Days of the Romanovs

Ekaterinburg The Last Days of the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport.

I read Elaine's review about this book on Random Jottings and immediately added the book to my list to read. Having recently read Magnificent Obssesion by this author I was drawn in.

Helen Rappaport's written account of the the Last days of the Tsar and Tsaritsa of Russia and their children is very well researched.

The family are taken from their palatial home and held captive at Ipatiev House in 1918 this would be the last residence the royal family would live in before their tragic deaths.

Alexei the heir to the throne inherited Hemophilia from his mother Alexandra, a condition that could be traced back to her paternal Grandmother Queen Victoria. Alexei's parents were very protective of him trying to avoid any accidents and injuries. He was the youngest of five chidren having four older sisters Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastacia. The two elder sisters, Olga and Tatiana nursed wounded soldiers in a military hospital until the family were arrested.

The actual murders of the family were very graphic and shocking. The   families bodies were later moved and hidden in a dense place in the forest called The Four Brothers.

 Reading this book I wanted to learn more about Rasputin who was said to have healing powers and of whom Alexandra had faith. I also have 'Beautiful For Ever Madame Rachel of Bond Street Cosmetican, Con Artist and Blackmailer' on my list to read.

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