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Michael and Natasha: The Life and Love of Michael ll, the Last of the Romanov Tsars

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A riveting new side of the Romanov dynasty is revealed by drawing, for the first time, upon documents and letters from the epic romance between Michael II, the last tsar of Russia, and his twice-married lover, Natasha. This volume includes never-before-seen photos.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Scribner (first published September 8th 1997)
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Manray9
Aug 10, 2014 Manray9 rated it really liked it
Shelves: russia
“Michael and Natasha: The Life and Love of Michael ll, the Last of the Romanov Tsars” by Rosemary and Donald Crawford was not as I expected. It was purchased from the bargain bin at a supermarket in anticipation of a light popular account of the enduring love affair between Michael Alexandrovich, younger brother of Tsar Nicholas II, and Nathalie Wulfert Brasova (née Sheremetevskaya). Instead I discovered a tour de force of research featuring broad use of primary and secondary sources in Russian, ...more
Mark Lawicki
Feb 21, 2013 Mark Lawicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling read on a member of the Romanov family seldom focused upon. It is a very well written book. It is with a heavy heart that I turned page after page since I knew the inevitable had to happen. It is difficult not be be angry with the meek Nicholas II, or his controlling wife, the Empress Alexandra. One would like to think, after reading this book, that European history might have taken an entirely different turn in the 20th century if Michael had ascended the Russian throne from the be ...more
Laini
Jan 15, 2009 Laini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A wonderful glimpse at one of the OTHER Romanovs, the czars brother Grand Duke Michael, and the beautiful Natasha, with whom he had to elope, since his family absolutely forbid the marriage. She was a divorcee and a commoner. Their life together was happy yet abbreviated, and with the Russian Revolution occurring at that time, had to end tragically.
Mark Gaulding
Dec 27, 2008 Mark Gaulding rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating biography about the very last Russian tsar. No, not Nicholas. He abdicated and his brother Michael was tsar for a short period. This is an amazing story and I was struck by eerie similarities to Duke & Duchess of Windsor.
jill
Sep 28, 2009 jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
The Romanovs are my favorite European royalty. Somehow the typical in-bred decadence of Victorian age nobility gets even more entertaining set in Russia. Even though it turns out the Romanov tsars weren't allowed to marry their first cousins like other European royalty could -- silly Orthodox church.
The relationship between Micheal and Natasha itself was pretty boring -- almost everyone's love letters are the same -- except where it annoyed his family and became dramatic. The parts where the Oh
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Dawn
Mar 05, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael and Natasha is a fascinating account of two lesser known members of the Romanov family. At the center of the story are Tzar Nicholas II's younger brother, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich (Russia's actual final Tzar), and his strong-willed morganatic bride, Natasha.

The Grand Duke had been the much petted youngest son of Tzar Alexander III, but was alienated from much of his family after he began an affair with a beautiful and ambitious woman who was not only a commoner, but a twice marri
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Kellie
Oct 09, 2010 Kellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bio on the Tsar that never was and his commoner wife. Lovely love story with an unfortunate ending. It's also very difficult to find biography's on the more junior members of the family so I felt it was quite a find when I bought it.
Janet Trotter
Nov 03, 2011 Janet Trotter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An egrossing read - beautifully depicted characters and packed full of intersting information, yet reads like an epic novel. Excellent.
Alice
Sep 25, 2011 Alice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
True account of the last of the Romanov Tsars. Very detailed and pretty boring; skim read.
Gerry
Feb 26, 2016 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a very different portrayal of Nicholas & Alexandra emerges here, in contrast to Massie’s book! Michael, barely mentioned in previous books I’ve read, is portrayed as smarter, more practical, and potentially a much stronger leader, but one who was badly mistreated by his family for falling in love with the “wrong” woman, and then ultimately murdered by the Bolsheviks for being what he never really wanted -- royalty. Took a long time to get through because of the abundance of detail, but ...more
Anne
Interesting and enjoyable story of Michael, the younger brother of the last Russian tsar, and Natasha, a beautiful Russian woman who, because she was a commoner and twice divorced, was barred from becoming Michael's acknowledged wife. They did marry, but Natasha was ostracized by the imperial family so cruelly that it makes the treatment of Wallis Simpson look enlightened. (Actually, the authors don't tell us what Natasha thought about that affair. Too bad, it would have been interesting.)

Much a
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RumBelle
Feb 19, 2016 RumBelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
What initially intrigued me about this book was it's title, calling Michael the last Tsar of Russia. I always believed that Nicholas II was the last Tsar of Russia, which he was, but since he had to abdicate his throne, and the Bolsheviks would not let his son Alexi take the title, his brother Michael became the "last Tsar" of Russia. This was, at it's heart, an account of forbidden love, and the crumbling of a dynasty. Michael was never meant to marry Natasha, but he did, and the consequences o ...more
Kathy
Mar 14, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-history
A fascinating book about the younger brother of Nicholas II. Michael probably couldn't be correctly called "the last tsar" in spite of the title because he would not accept the title until the representatives of the factions had assembled and declared what sort of government they wanted. He was urged to abdicate, but did not. He issued a manifesto explaining what should happen before he could be proclaimed tsar.

Technically there were a few who swore their loyalty to him as Nicholas' successor,
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James
Apr 04, 2013 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: see review
A fabulous book. I have read it twice and rate it highly: well-researched, well-written and filled with interesting detail about that period of Russian history. A beautiful but tragic story. Having spent time in St.Petersburg, staying at the Grand Hotel Europe on Nevsky Prospekt and having visited Tsarkoe Selo, I could appreciate many of the events described in the book. It begs the question: What if? Would history have taken another course if Michael had remained Tsar at such a critical time? I ...more
Regina
Jul 10, 2015 Regina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
story of the real last tsar of the Russians
Toni
Interesting biography of Michael, the younger brother of Tsar Nicholas II, who was named to succeed Nicholas after his abdication. Of course, with the tumult in Russia, Michael met the same fate as his brother's family. Much detail in this book - the first third or so is the love story between Michael and Natasha. Although well written and a fascinating time in history, I felt it somewhat tedious and bogged down in too much detail.
Rebecca Huston
Aug 12, 2010 Rebecca Huston rated it really liked it
Shelves: keepers, royals, russia
A look at the life of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, brother of Russia's last Tsar, Nicholas II, and his affair with Natalia Cheremetevskaya, a commoner. While it's heavy on the sweetness factor, it's still an entertaining story. Romanov enthusiasts should enjoy it.

For a more complete review, please go here:
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Rachel
Oct 03, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok
These two were absolutely the two most boring and useless members of the Russian royal family ever. Part of the blame for just how mind numbing this tale was could be attributed to the author, but this pair is still a serious disappointment in every possible way in the storied history of one of the most drama-filled houses in European history.
Rachel
Oct 03, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These two were absolutely the two most boring and useless members of the Russian royal family ever. Part of the blame for just how mind numbing this tale was could be attributed to the author, but this pair is still a serious disappointment in every possible way in the storied history of one of the most drama-filled houses in European history.
Debbie Blicher
Sep 23, 2013 Debbie Blicher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
A fascinating view of Russian history through the lens of an ultimately tragic love story. A good study in the use of time compression & expansion to accommodate historical events. Nicely researched. A bit of a slow start, and sometimes cumbersome, but there really was no other way to write this story truthfully.
Peggy
Oct 08, 2012 Peggy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't take it anymore! I am on chapter 10 and I quit! I don't want to hear anymore about those dysfunctional people. I kept hoping I would learn something worth while but so far no. I am not going to waste anymore of my time on Michael and Natasha: The Life And Love Of Michael Ii, The Last Of The Romanov Tsars.
Avril
Jan 08, 2013 Avril rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent work on the younger brother of Nicholas II. Detailed account of the days leading up to the revolution and formation of the provisional government highlighting Michael's movements, which are usually consist of a few brief sentences in other works.
Gretchen
An interesting point of view and analysis of a little known figure. Makes the whole Romanov catastrophe that much more tragic since it destroyed the lives of Michael and Natasha.
Blair
Oct 01, 2013 Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, europe
Completely fascinating. I'd had it on my Audible queue since 2009, and it's totally worth the wait.
Sara Schaefer
Mar 01, 2012 Sara Schaefer rated it it was ok
This book would have been much better without all the footnotes and historical info. Just write their story.
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Katie
May 24, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was very impressed by the Crawfords' work here. Extraordinarily thorough and very well-written.
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