Michael & Natasha: The Life and Love of Emperor Michael II, the Last Tsar of Russia - Rosemary & Donald CrawfordWeidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Light crease to the foot of the upper panel with slight offset to the upper boards. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps ; Genealogical Tables;
From the cover: “He was Grand Duke Michael Aleksandrovich, the tall, handsome brother of Tsar Nicholas II. She was Nathalie Wulfert, the extraordinarily beautiful daughter of a Moscow lawyer, and wife of a Guards officer — the man for whom she had divorced her first husband, a musician. For Grand Duke Michael it was love at first sight — a passion that would never fade, and which would lead to disgrace, cruel humiliation, and banishment. But as one of Natasha’s admirers would say, for the sake of a woman like her, a man could forget and give up everything.
Michael and Natasha is one of the greatest love stories of all time; much of it is told in their own words, for they left behind hundreds of hitherto unpublished letters in which they reveal their joy as well as their despair — with Natasha treated as a criminal, he as a ‘madman’. Trailed across Europe by the Tsar’s secret police, the dreaded Okhrana, Michael and Natasha were the talk of London, Paris, Berlin and Vienna, as well as of St. Petersburg and Moscow.
But Michael and Natasha is much more than an astonishing love story; in part a portrait of the last age of elegance, it is also an account of the first world war, of front-line heroism, and of the events which brought about the downfall of Nicholas II, and his abdication in favour of Michael. What happened afterwards changed history, and what happened to Michael — the last Romanov to be proclaimed Emperor — is a story which, until now, has never been told in detail.
Based on private diaries, letters and on documents which have long been hidden in the Soviet archives, Michael and Natasha provides a fascinating insight into the days of revolution, of brutal murder and of the events which were to condemn the Russian people to seventy years of a tyranny greater than anything of which the Tsars were accused.
Michael and Natasha is an outstanding romance, a compelling historical drama, and in the end a terrible tragedy. It is a story no fiction writer would dare to invent.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XV] 448 pages.