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The court of the last tsar : pomp, power, and pageantry in the reign of Nicholas II

Author: Greg King
Publisher: Hoboken : Wiley, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While a massive body of literature has been devoted to the last of the Romanovs, The Court of the Last Tsar is the first book to examine the people, mysteries, traditions, scandals, rivalries, and riches that were part of everyday life in the last two decades of the Romanov dynasty. This illustrated volume removes the mystery with twenty-four pages of color photos; more than eighty black-and-white photos; floor
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Named Person: Nicholas, Emperor of Russia; House of Romanov; Zar II ) Nikolaus (Russland; House of Romanov; Nicholas, Emperor of Russia; House of Romanov
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Greg King
ISBN: 0471727636 9780471727637
OCLC Number: 60671817
Description: xiii, 559 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Personages --
The last tsar --
The imperial family --
A rival court --
The Romanovs --
The Russian Court --
Below stairs at the palace --
The military --
The aristocracy --
The Russian Orthodox Church --
Palaces --
The winter palace --
Tsarskoye Selo --
Peterhof --
The Moscow palaces --
Possessions --
Imperial riches --
Fashion at the Russian Court --
Jewelry, regalia, and objets d'art --
Imperial transportation --
Country estates --
Pageantry --
Imperial ceremonies --
An imperial funeral --
An imperial wedding --
The coronation --
The tercentenary --
Imperial balls --
State visits --
The Crimea --
The last season --
Epilogue: July 20, 1914: the beginning of the end.
Responsibility: Greg King.
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"While a massive body of literature has been devoted to the last of the Romanovs, The Court of the Last Tsar is the first book to examine the people, mysteries, traditions, scandals, rivalries, and riches that were part of everyday life in the last two decades of the Romanov dynasty. This illustrated volume removes the mystery with twenty-four pages of color photos; more than eighty black-and-white photos; floor plans of the tsar's Winter Palace, the Alexander, Palace, and the Grand Kremlin Palace; a map of St. Petersburg; and plans of the imperial parks at Tsarkoye Selo and Peterhof."

"This tour of hedonistic imperial Russia on the edge of oblivion draws on hundreds of previously unpublished primary sources, including memoirs, personal letters, diary entries, and official documents collected during author Greg King's fifteen years of research in Russia and elsewhere in Europe. It invites you to experience dozens of extravagant ceremonies and entertainments attended only by members of the court; exposes the numerous sexual intrigues of the imperial family, including rape, incest, and brazen affairs; and introduces many of the more than fifteen thousand individuals who made the imperial court a society unto itself."--Jacket.

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