Abundant, newly discovered sources shatter long-held beliefs The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 revealed, among many other things, a hidden wealth of archival documents relating to the imprisonment and eventual murder of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their children. Emanating from sources both within and close to the Imperial Family as well as from their captors and executioners, these often-controversial materials have enabled a new and comprehensive examination of one the pivotal events of the twentieth century and the many controversies that surround it. Based on a careful analysis of more than 500 of these previously unpublished documents, along with numerous newly discovered photos, The Fate of the Romanovs makes compelling revisions to many long-held beliefs about the Romanovs' final months and moments.
This powerful account includes: Surprising evidence that Anastasia may, indeed, have survived Diary entries made by Nicholas and Alexandra during their captivity Revelations of how the Romanovs were betrayed by trusted servants A reconstruction of daily life among the prisoners at Ipatiev House Strong evidence that the Romanovs were not brutalized by their captors Statements from admitted participants in the murders
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On a summer's night in 1918, at a crime scene deep in the Urals, a family was murdered. For the next seventy years the true story of the killing of the Russian royal family would be obscured by myth, propaganda and fantasy. Accounts by those close to the Czar, or by Revolutionaries responsible for the execution, painted a conflicting version of events and added to the legend. But now Greg King and Penny Wise marshal the facts and apply the objectivity of detectives to this absorbing tale. Testimonies are scrutinised, speculation overruled, and the resulting book is a masterpiece of historical research. The detail of the investigation is astonishing and the conclusions reached are both convincing and extraordinary. In this fascinating book, the cold eye of reason combs through the evidence and reveals everything you might wish to know about the demise of the Romanovs and the end of imperial Russia. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Greg King
GREG KING is the author of five previous books. A noted historian on Imperial Russia and the Romanov Dynasty, he is a frequent contributor to television specials in the United States, Canada, and Britain. PENNY WILSON is a historian who specializes in Russia's late Imperial period. The authors' Web site is thefateoftheromanovs.com.