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The Court of the Last Tsar: Pomp, Power and Pageantry in the Reign of Nicholas II

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"Any book by Greg King is a book to be kept and savored. He has not only given us a fresh, clear-eyed, and often startling new look at the life of the last Romanovs, but also lived up to the promise of his title. He has shown us how the whole enterprise worked, from Tsar Nicholas to his lowest cook and chambermaid. This book is a great
Hardcover, 600 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Wiley
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May 31, 2015 Nancy rated it it was ok
There's that old playground saying, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Well, Greg King started to fool me the second time, but I finally wised up. Abandoned. In retrospect, it's telling that the "reviews" are all by authors of similar works; I'm sure he returned the favor.

This is shallow and gossipy and patronizing. Affairs and jewels and feuds; so much for the worsening world situation, domestic political upheaval, or the plight of the peasants. As for the patronizing, j
Oct 21, 2009 Shane rated it really liked it
If you enjoy stories about jeweled frocks and crowned heads, with a healthy dose of Russian absolutism mixed in, you'll like this book. I've read many books about the Romanovs, but this is the one that gave me the greatest insight (subject to the author's prejudices) into how they actually lived.
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Aug 21, 2013 Michael Llewellyn rated it really liked it
There are numerous books and films about Russia's last tsar, but author Greg King's contribution is exemplary for its detailed behind-the-scenes look at how these people lived, loved and died as the three-centuries-old Romanov dynasty careened toward its last gasp. Thoroughly researched and handsomely illustrated, it details everything from the tsar's daily routines and private family life to the ponderous protocol of funerals, coronations, weddings and imperial balls. Related in a rich, compell ...more
Oct 22, 2014 MeriBeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Greg King’s Court of the Last Tsar is a detailed accounting of the royal court surrounding the last of the Russian Tsars. King not only details the Imperial family itself but the complex hierarchy of the Household servants and the Courtiers. He explains the interrelationships between the military, religion, and aristocrats and how their isolation from the bulk of the Russian population helped lead to the downfall of Tsarist Russia.

Additionally, King spends time describing in detail the various r
May 01, 2012 Tdempsey rated it it was amazing
Great history. Well written and researched.

I didn't read every single word in every chapter, but got a good solid dose. This is extremely interesting stuff to me.

I learned an interesting tidbit by accident. I had always assumed that Red Square was named that by the Red Communists after they sprang to power at the time they murdered the last tsar and family. But it was called Red Square well before they ever took over!

Anyway - if you have any interest in Russian history, the Romanovs, etc. - chec
Aug 31, 2009 Liz marked it as to-read
Biography...was one of the recommended books from the "Tragedy at Ekaterineburg" at least I think that's what it was called. I finished it a couple weeks ago. Anyway, this one has a lot of previously unknown/unused info and the author is supposed to be quite good.
May 20, 2015 Sylvia rated it really liked it
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One of the least sympathetic books in tone towards the Romanovs. King is half in awe, half slightly disgusted with the excess and the opulence of the Russian Court. A detailed and honest look at the complex world that was the old Russian Court.
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Dec 19, 2009 Donna Jo Atwood rated it really liked it
Lots of trivia type info about Russia's royal family up to the Revolution. Includes stuff about the officials and the residences. lots of pictures, appendices, gossip.
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Apr 30, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
Each chapter a different aspect of the court: family, clothes, parties. Meh. I love this stuff, but if you don't already, there's better.
Aug 15, 2013 Wurtsboroboy rated it really liked it
It took me almost a year to finish this but it was well worth it. An excellent history of how the Romanovs lived there lives.
Oct 30, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
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Greg King (born 1964) is an American author, best known for his biographies of prominent historical figures.

He is the author of eleven internationally published works of royal and social history, specializing in late Imperial Russia and Edwardian-era royalty, including The Fate of the Romanovs, The Court of the Last Tsar, and the UK bestseller The Duchess of Windsor. A frequent onscreen expert and
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