Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Fascinating Romanovs

What makes an author want to write?

I don’t know about other authors but I write because I love to tell stories. I love asking what if and nothing fascinates me as much as the true tale of the Romanovs.

The Romanovs lived a fairytale existence, while Nicholas II ruled Russia, an empire that stretched over one sixth of the earth. The Imperial Family consisted of Nicholas’ wife, Alexandra, his four daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, and his son, Alexei, Residing in a multiple of breathtaking palaces, they vacationed at their country estates, sailed in their private yacht and attended the opera and Imperial Balls. One can hardly imagine the pomp, the opulence, the extravagant luxury, the sophisticated clothes and the priceless jewelry that defined their world.

And while the Romanovs were living such a lavish life, the peasants in Russia were slaving in the fields, starving to death and fighting wars without weapons and warm clothing.

It is difficult to predict what might have happened if fate hadn’t dealt the Romanovs a stunning blow. Their only son, Alexei, heir to the throne, was born with hemophilia. The slightest bump could kill him. And according to Alexandra, his mother, there was only one man who could save her son’s life.

An insane monk by the name of Rasputin.

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