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The Romanov Dynasty

Tsar Michael I
(Mikhail Fyodorovich)
Reigned 1613-1645

Tsar Alexei (Alexis)
(Aleksey Mikhaylovich)
Reigned 1645-1676

Tsar Feodor III
(Fyodor Alekseyevich)
Reigned 1676 - 1682

Tsar Ivan V
(Ivan Alekseyevich)
Reigned 1682 - 1696

Note: Ivan V reigned jointly with his brother Peter I. Their half-sister Sophia was regent from 1682 to 1696.

(Pyotr Alekseyevich)
called Peter the Great
Reigned 1682 - 1725

Note: Peter I took the title "Emperor of All the Russias" in 1721.

Empress Catherine I
(Yekaterina Alekseyevna)
Reigned 1725 -1727

Emperor Peter II
(Pyotr II Alekseyevich)
Reigned 1727-1730

Empress Anna
(Anna Ivanovna)
Reigned 1730-1740

Emperor Ivan VI
(Ivan Antonovich)
Reigned 1740-1741
Deposed in 1741; murdered in 1764

Empress Elizabeth
(Yelizaveta Petrovna)
Reigned 1741-1762

Emperor Peter III
(Pyotr Fyodorovich)
Reigned January - July 1762
Deposed and murdered

(Yekaterina II Alekseyevna)
Called Catherine the Great
Reigned 1762-1796

Emperor Paul I
(Pavel Petrovich)
Reigned 1796-1801

Emperor Alexander I
(Aleksandr Pavlovich)
Reigned 1801-1825

Emperor Nicholas I
(Nikolai Pavlovichh)
Reigned 1825 - 1855

Emperor Alexander II
(Aleksandr Nikolaevich)
Reigned 1855 - 1881

Emperor Alexander III
(Aleksandr Aleksandrovich)
Reigned 1881 - 1894

Emperor Nicholas II
(Nikolai Alexandrovich)
Reigned 1894 - 1917
Abdicated in 1917; murdered in 1918

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Books About the Romanov Dynasty

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Books About the Romanov Dynasty

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore. The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into an empire? And how did they lose it all?

Romanovs: Autocrats of All the Russias by W. Bruce Lincoln. A history of the Romanov dynasty based on their own writings and those of the people who knew them.

The Romanovs: Ruling Russia 1613-1917 by Lindsey Hughes. Claiming a divine right to reign, the imperial Romanov dynasty shaped the country's history for three centuries.

Romanovs: Europe's Most Obsessive Dynasty by Oliver Thomson. Delves into the family's lineage. Includes maps and portraits of family members.

Russia's First Civil War: The Time of Troubles and the Founding of the Romanov Dynasty by Chester S. L. Dunning. Demonstrates that most rebels were petty gentry, professional soldiers, townsmen, and cossacks united against tsars they believed to be usurpers.

Romanov Empire and Reign

The Romanov Empire by Alan Wood. The first modern account of the Romanov Empire from its inception to its demise.

Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy From Peter the Great to the Abdication of Nicholas II by Richard S. Wortman. Abridged edition of award-winning study of imperial ceremony and imagery, with descriptions of coronations, funerals, parades, and other ceremonies.

Moscow: Splendours of the Romanovs by Brigitte De Montclos. Exhibition catalogue presenting works of art embodying Russia's Romanov dynasty, the splendors of court life, and magnificent palace interiors.

Bewitching Russian Opera: The Tsarina From State to Stage by Inna Naroditskaya. Catherine I, Anna, Elizabeth, and Catherine the Great each built theaters, established drama schools, commissioned operas and ballets, and themselves wrote and produced musical plays.

Romanov Riches: Russian Writers and Artists Under the Tsars by Solomon Volkov. Russia's greatest artists and thinkers could never escape dependence on the tsars.

Magnificence of the Tsars: Men's Dress at the Imperial Russian Court 1727-1903 by Svetlana Amelekhina. With photographs of never-before-seen clothing, such as embroidered coats from the wardrobe of Peter II.

Empress Elizabeth

Elizabeth, Empress of Russia by Tamara Talbot Rice. The illegitimate daughter of Peter the Great, Elizabeth seized the throne in 1741 and set Russia on the road to becoming a major power.

The Tsarina's Daughter: A Novel by Ellen Alpsten. The story of Elizabeth, daughter of Catherine I and Peter the Great, who ruled Russia.

Alexander I & Alexander II

Alexander of Russia: Napoleon's Conqueror by Henri Troyat. Biography of Alexander I, one of Russia's most unorthodox tsars.

Alexander I: The Tsar Who Defeated Napoleon by Marie-Pierre Rey, translated by Susan Emanuel. Biography of the handsome ruler who stood at the center of the political chessboard of early 19th century Europe, a key figure in diplomacy, war, and international intrigue.

Imperial Legend: The Disappearance of Czar Alexander I by Alexis Troubetzkoy. Did Russian tsar Alexander I really die in 1825, as history books claim? Not according to this book, which suggests the tsar actually became a wandering holy man.

The Romanovs 1818-1959 by John Van Der Kiste. Explores the lives and reigns of Russia's last dynasty.

Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar by Edvard Radzinsky, translated by Antonina Bouis. Nineteenth century tsar Alexander II freed Russia's serfs, yet launched vicious wars. He was a royal Don Juan, yet fell profoundly in love. This biography raises intriguing questions about palace conspiracies and the hidden romances of the Romanovs.

The Tsar and the President: Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln - Liberator and Emancipator edited by Marilyn Pfeifer Swezey. Nine essays document parallels in the lives of Russia's Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln, both reformist leaders who faced violent dissent. Includes excerpts from letters and more than 50 illustrations related to 19th century Russian-American relations.

Alexander II's Son Alexis

Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke's Tour, 1871-1872 by Lee A. Farrow. In 1871, Alexis Romanov set sail for an extended journey through North America. The first Russian royal ever to visit the United States, he participated in a bison hunt, met Jefferson Davis in Memphis, visited Chicago weeks after the Great Fire, and more.

Custer, Cody, and Grand Duke Alexis: Historical Archaeology of the Royal Buffalo Hunt by Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed, and Stephen Damm. During his visit to the U.S., Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich took part in a buffalo hunt in Nebraska. The excursion included George Armstrong Custer, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Spotted Tail of the Brulé Sioux.

Wife & Children of Alexander III

Little Mother of Russia: A Biography of Marie Feodorovna (1847-1928) by Coryne Hall. Biography of Nicholas II's mother.

Once a Grand Duchess: Xenia, Sister of Nicholas II by John Van Der Kiste and Coryne Hall. A biography based on a new archive of letters, postcards, photographs, and other Romanov documents. Xenia was born in 1875. In her later years she became involved in the Anastasia affair, and made unsuccessful attempts to recover Romanov money and land.

The Last Tsar: Emperor Michael II by Donald Crawford. Biography. Nicholas II's brother Michael, who succeeded to the throne when Nicholas abdicated in March 1917, was the first Romanov murdered by the Bolsheviks.

Michael Romanov: Brother of the Last Tsar edited by Helen Azar and Nicholas B. A. Nicholson. Diaries and letters, 1916-1918.

The Last Grand Duchess by Ian Vorres. Reprint of the official biography of the last tsar of Russia's favorite sister, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, who died in 1960.

Books About Nicholas & Alexandra
Books About Anastasia and Anna Anderson


The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna by C. W. Gortner. Written from the point of view of the Danish princess who became the mother of Russia's last tsar.

Elizabeth Fyodorovna (Ella)

Ella: Princess, Saint and Martyr by Christopher Warwick. Elisabeth of Hesse, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, married Grand Duke Serge Alexandrovich, younger brother of Tsar Alexander III. After the assassination of her husband she became a nun. Murdered during the Russian Revolution, she was canonized as a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church.

Most Beautiful Princess by Christina Croft. Novel that follows Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia, sister of the last Tsarina, through intrigues, war and revolution, and the tragedy of her horrific murder.

The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander. Novel about Russia's Grand Duchess Elizabeth, also known as Ella, who was the wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and sister of tsarina Alexandra.

Maria Pavlovna

Education of a Princess by Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess of Russia. Maria Pavlovna, the daughter of Grand Duke Paul, was a cousin of last tsar Nicholas II. This is the first volume of her memoirs, published in 1930.

Princess in Exile by Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess of Russia. The second volume of Grand Duchess Marie's memoirs, published in 1932.

Grand Duchesses and Dukes

The Grand Duchesses: Daughters & Granddaughters of Russia's Tsars edited by Arturo E. Beéche. Biographies of more than 20 women of the Russian imperial family, from the daughters of Tsar Paul I to the present-day claimant to the Russian imperial throne. (Published in 2004.)

The Grand Dukes edited by Arturo E. Beéche. Covers the lives of nearly 40 sons and grandsons of Russia's tsars since Paul I.

The Other Grand Dukes edited by Arturo E. Beéche. Eighteen biographies of Russian grand dukes from the junior lines of the imperial family at the time of the Revolution in 1917: Vladimirovichi, Pavlovichi, Konstantinovichi, Nikolaevichi and Mikhailovichi. Includes photos and family trees.

Other Romanov Books

Becoming a Romanov: Grand Duchess Elena of Russia and Her World (1807-1873) by Marin Soroka and Charles A. Ruud. Biography of Princess Charlotte of Württemberg, wife of Russian tsar Paul I's son Michael Pavlovich. A spokeswoman for reform-minded aristocrats, she supported the abolition of serfdom.

Princess Victoria Melita: Grand Duchess Cyril of Russia, 1876-1936 by John Van Der Kiste. Biography.

White Crow by Jamie H. Cockfield. The life and times of the Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich Romanov: 1859-1919. A political liberal, he fought for reform from within the system, and even participated in discussions of a palace coup. Exiled to Vologda after the Communist seizure of power, he was shot in 1919.

Gilded Prism: The Konstantinovichi Grand Dukes & the Last Years of the Romanov Dynasty by Greg King and Penny Wilson. About the accomplishments of the Konstantinovichi family. No other branch of the Romanov Dynasty reached such height or left such lasting legacies.

The Russian Court at Sea: The Voyage of HMS Marlborough, April 1919 by Frances Welch. Less than a year after the assassination of the tsar, a British battleship left Yalta carrying 17 members of the Russian imperial family into exile. This book recreates the voyage, with its bizarre characters and priceless cargo, including rolled-up Rembrandts and Faberge eggs.

Imperial Crimea: Estates, Enchantments and the Last of the Romanovs by Coryne Hall, Greg King, Penny Wilson, & Sue Woolmans. Takes readers on a turn-of-the-century tour through the eyes of tourists, exploring the palaces dotting the edge of the Black Sea.

The Boy Who Would Be Tsar: The Art of Prince Andrew Romanoff by Andrew Romanoff. The author, a grandnephew of Russian tsar Nicholas II, grew up at Windsor Castle in London. This book chronicles his childhood through his eccentric folk-art drawings.

Imperial Dancer: Mathilde Kschessinska and the Romanovs by Coryne Hall. Biography of a great ballet dancer who was the mistress of future Russian tsar Nicholas II. She later became the mistress of two Grand Dukes and married one.

The White Night of St. Petersburg by Prince Michael of Greece. Fictional account of the life of Russia's Grand Duke Nicholas, whose affair with an American courtesan and implication in a plot to steal family jewels led the emperor to banish him.

Photos & Art

Twilight of the Romanovs: A Photographic Odyssey Across Imperial Russia by Philipp Blom and Veronica Buckley. The lives of Russians from 1855 to 1918, told through rare archival photographs.

Russia: Art, Royalty and the Romanovs by Caroline de Guitaut and Stephen Patterson. Examines the relationship between the British and Russian royal families using artworks from the UK's Royal Collection.

Books of Romanov Family Photos

The First World War

Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War by Robert K. Massie. Vividly describes turn-of-the-century European royal families and their role in WWI.

King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War by Catrine Clay. The story of Britain's George V, Germany's Wilhelm II, and Russia's Nicholas II. They were tied to one another by history, and history would ultimately tear them apart.

The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution by Dominic Lieven. This book places Russia at the very center of the history of the First World War.

More Books on European Royalty & WW I

Revolution & Fall of the Monarchy

Revolution and the Romanovs

The Flight of the Romanovs: A Family Saga by John Curtis Perry and Constantine V. Pleshakov. The history of the last Romanovs, from Alexander III to Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna.

The Fall of the Romanovs: Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution by Mark D. Steinberg, Vladimir M. Khrustalev and Elizabeth Tucker details the arrest, imprisonment and assassination of Nicholas II and his family.

From Splendor to Revolution: The Romanov Women, 1847-1928 by Julia P. Gelardi. How four women of the Romanov dynasty fell from the pinnacle of wealth and power to the depths of poverty and danger, forced to fight for their lives as war engulfed them.

The Fall of the Russian Monarchy by Bernard Pares. The story of the Russian Revolution from the vantage point of its most famous victims -- the Romanov family. It describes the reign of Nicholas II from his accession in 1894 until his murder, along with the rest of his family, in 1918.

Revolutions and the Collapse of the Monarchy: Human Agency and the Making of Revolution in France, Russia and Iran by Zhand Shakibi. Why were Louis XVI, Nicholas II, and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi all overthrown? This is a comparative study of the implosion of the monarchical regimes in Bourbon France, Romanov Russia, and Pahlavi Iran.

Books About the Last Tsar & His Family


A Concise History of the Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes. A complete account of the Bolshevik revolution, not only the political and military events but also social, industrial and agricultural changes, the policing of thought, art, religion and literature, and the drive to export Communism.

The Shadow of the Winter Palace: Russia's Drift to Revolution, 1825-1917 by Edward Crankshaw. The century of Russian history leading up to the October Revolution in 1917 is chronicled in stunning detail, covering four tsars and a host of revolutionaries who set the stage for the Communist takeover.

The Empire Must Die: Russia's Revolutionary Collapse, 1900-1917 by Mikhail Zygar. In 1912, Russia experienced a flowering of liberalism and tolerance, but its princes, archdukes, and generals bled the country dry, and by 1917 the consensus was that the Empire must die.

Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith. How a centuries-old elite, famous for its glittering wealth and service to the tsar, was destroyed along with the rest of old Russia.

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