The Romanovs: 1613-1918

Simon Sebag Montefiore


This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas of Russia, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence, and wild extravagance.

My opinion

This was a good basic view of Romanov family and their 300 year reign of Russia. It really focuses on Romanov dynasty and reader doesn’t get really good sense of historical context where events takes place. For example giving a year when something was happening would have made it lot more clearer to follow.

For who?

People interested in Russian history