Scandal! Intrigue! Cossacks! Here the world’s most engaging
royal historian chronicles the world’s most fascinating imperial dynasty: the
Romanovs, whose three-hundred-year reign was remarkable for its shocking
violence, spectacular excess, and unimaginable venality.
In this incredibly entertaining history, Michael Farquhar
collects the best, most captivating true tales of Romanov iniquity. We meet
Catherine the Great, with her endless parade of virile young lovers (none of
them of the equine variety); her unhinged son, Paul I, who ordered the bones of
one of his mother’s paramours dug out of its grave and tossed into a gorge; and
Grigori Rasputin, the “Mad Monk,” whose mesmeric domination of the last of the
Romanov tsars helped lead to the monarchy’s undoing. From Peter the Great’s
penchant for personally beheading his recalcitrant subjects (he kept the
severed head of one of his mistresses pickled in alcohol) to Nicholas and
Alexandra’s brutal demise at the hands of the Bolsheviks, Secret Lives of the Tsars captures all the splendor and infamy that
was Imperial Russia. Download and start listening now!