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Books and Films about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Topic started by: Blanch on January 14, 2008, 04:18:42 PM

Title: Good biographies of Alix?
Post by: Blanch on January 14, 2008, 04:18:42 PM
I've been looking for an advisable Alix's biography for a while now, but I can't find anything in Spanish. Could someone tell me the best books about the life of Alexandra? I mean in English, of course. I've lost hope about finding something in my language.

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Good biographies of Alix?
Post by: dmitri on January 14, 2008, 07:54:31 PM
A good starting point is Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie. There are countless others.
Title: Re: Good biographies of Alix?
Post by: Sarushka on January 15, 2008, 07:21:23 AM
IMO, the best biography of Alexandra currently available is Greg King's The Last Empress (http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/books.html?sku=12). It's almost 15 years old and perpetuates a few myths, but it's still the most accurate overall. It includes plenty of footnotes so you can trace all the information back to the original sources.

I don't care for Carolly Erickson's book (http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/books.html?sku=66) much at all -- it's too sensationalistic for me.

You might also enjoy The Last Diary of Tsaritsa Alexandra (http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/books.html?sku=11).

The Complete Wartime Correspondence (http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/books.html?sku=5) is an excellent resource for Alexandra's letters, but it's VERY hard to find, and very expensive.
Title: Re: Good biographies of Alix?
Post by: dmitri on January 15, 2008, 07:38:47 AM
King's is not bad. The others are quite good. Massie gives you a very good grounding about Alexandra and Nicholas. It is rather hard to understand her without an understanding of him and the period. Massie tells you about the country she was marrying into and much more. His research is extremely good.
Title: Re: Good biographies of Alix?
Post by: Blanch on January 15, 2008, 09:04:56 AM
I already have Massie's "Nicholas and Alexandra", and I liked it, but I was looking for a book more focused on Alexandra and not so much on politics. I agree that a general vision of the country and its situation is necessary to understand her, just the same as Nicholas  but I want to know more about personal issues and her personality.

I'll for King's book in Spanish, but I'm sure it's not easy to find...

Thanks for the help.
Title: Re: Good biographies of Alix?
Post by: dmitri on January 15, 2008, 06:07:07 PM
you're very welcome .. happy reading