The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))

By Candace Fleming

“[A] outstanding history.... In those exciting, hugely readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we stopover at the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause within the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac inheritor who, along with his mom and dad and 4 sisters, will be murdered by means of the Bolsheviks in 1918.” —The Wall highway Journal
this is the tumultuous, heartrending, actual tale of the Romanovs—at as soon as an intimate portrait of Russia's final royal kin and a gripping account of its undoing. utilizing fascinating photographs and compelling first individual debts, award-winning writer Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers among the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's negative lots, making this an completely captivating learn in addition to an ideal source for assembly universal center standards.

"An exhilarating narrative heritage of a doomed and clueless relations and empire." —Jim Murphy, writer of Newbery Honor Books An American Plague and The nice Fire

"For readers who regard heritage as boring, Fleming’s remarkable booklet is evidence optimistic that, to the contrary, it's ceaselessly attention-grabbing, soaking up as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable analyzing experience." —Booklist, Starred

"Marrying the intimate kin portrait of Heiligman’s Charles and Emma with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin’s Bomb, Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting paintings of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the mind's eye up to the intellect." —The Horn Book, Starred

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist 

Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for remarkable Nonfiction

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Different eyewitnesses, notwithstanding, contradicted this description. “Rasputin was once highly clean,” remembered his pal Alexei Filippov. “He usually replaced his lingerie, went to the baths, and not smelled undesirable. ” If the starets’ palms have been dirty whilst he offered Alexandra along with his presents of holy icons and loaves of blessed bread, the royal couple without doubt appeared earlier them. That’s since it was once the starets’ dazzling eyes humans spotted first. They possessed this kind of unusual strength, many of us stumbled on it not easy to withstand his gaze. “[It] was once right away piercing and caressing, naïve and crafty, far away and intent,” recalled the French ambassador, Maurice Paléologue. “His scholars appeared to radiate magnetism. ” nobody is familiar with what Rasputin and the imperial couple spoke approximately in the course of their first assembly. yet quickly the starets started vacationing the palace. He often got here after dinner, becoming a member of Nicholas and Alexandra in her lilac drawing room. After kissing 3 times within the Russian style, they'd talk—about God, miracles, and Alexei’s health and wellbeing. Then the 3 may head upstairs to the nursery. There Rasputin led every person, mom and dad and kids alike, into Alexei’s bed room. “There used to be whatever like a hush,” recalled Nicholas’s sister Olga, “as notwithstanding we had chanced on ourselves in Church. … No lamps have been lit; the single mild got here from the candles burning in entrance of a few attractive icons. [The young children] stood very nonetheless through the part of the [starets], whose head used to be bowed. I knew he was once praying. I additionally knew that my little nephew [and nieces] had joined him in prayer. ” extra Olga, “[All the kids] have been thoroughly comfy with him. ” however it wasn’t simply dialog and prayers that stored getting Rasputin invited to the palace. It was once his obvious skill to ease Alexei’s soreness. His aunt Olga remembered one such incident. Arriving on the palace, she discovered her little nephew was once in poor health. She instantly went as much as the nursery to appear in on him. “The terrible baby lay in ache, darkish patches lower than his eyes, and his little physique all distorted,” she stated. “The medical professionals have been simply dead … extra apprehensive than any people … whispering between themselves. ” Alexandra despatched an pressing message to Rasputin in St. Petersburg. He arrived on the palace round hour of darkness, and shutting himself up in Alexei’s room, stood on the finish of the mattress, praying. Then he laid his hand at the boy’s leg. “There’s a superb boy,” he acknowledged, his voice low and soothing. “You’ll be alright. ” the subsequent morning whilst Olga peeked in on her nephew, she couldn't think her eyes. “[He] used to be not only alive—but good! He was once sitting up in mattress … [his] eyes transparent and vivid, no longer an indication of any swelling. ” How had Rasputin performed it? To at the present time, nobody understands. a few historians have speculated that he used his unusual, piercing eyes to forged a kind of hypnotic spell over the ailing and apprehensive boy, calming him so the bleeding slowed. Others have urged that the starets easily had sturdy timing, that he waited till the indicators had run their direction sooner than showing at Alexei’s bedside to take credits for his development.

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