Nicholas and Alexandra Author:Robert K. Massie He was Nicholas II, absolute ruler of one-sixth of the earth and more than one hundred and twenty million people. She was Alexandra--his love, his wife, his Empress--beautiful, poud, and strong-willed. Theirs was a passionate drama of love and intense devotion, played out against a background of huge palaces, lavish balls, and incomparable luxur... more »y.
Then, in 1904, their beloved young son first showed signs of the dread disease hemophilia. Only one man, the evil monk Rasputin, offered a promise of cure. Gradually this strange, obscene figure--half mystic, half satyr--gained mastery over the royal parents. And as the Tsar and the Empress grew over more entangled in a labyrinth of court intrigue and private sorrow, the Russia they ruled moved unchecked toward the Revolution--and the final hour when the Royal Family would face their pitiless executioners...« less