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Head of Zeus
Nicholas and Alexandra Robert K. Massie

A superbly crafted and humane portrait of the final days of the last Romanovs – Nicholas II of Russia and his wife Alexandra.

Complementing his Pulitzer prize-winning Peter the Great, in this commanding book Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of imperial Russia to tell the story of the decline and fall of the ruling Romanov family: Tsar Nicholas II's political naivete; his wife Alexandra's obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin; and their son Alexis's battle with haemophilia.

Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a family tragedy played out on the brutal stage of early twentieth-century Russian history – the tale of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Modern History
12 May 2022 * 624pp * £12 * 9781801102780
'A moving, rich and densely documented account of the last Romanovs'
'Wonderfully rich tapestry ... They come vividly alive before our eyes'
New York Times
'A magnificent and intimate picture ... The main characters [and] a whole era become alive and comprehensible'
Robert K. Massie
Robert K. Massie
Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929. He studied American History at Yale University and Modern European History at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes scholar. He lives in Irvington, New York.
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