Little mother of Russia by Coryne Hall (Hardback)

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Little mother of Russia by Coryne Hall (Hardback)

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JEmpress Marie, born Princess Dagmar, was the daugher of King Christian IX of Denmark and sister of Queen Alexandra of Great Britain, Edward VII's wife. She was betrothed to Tsarevitch Nicholas of Russia, a love match on both sides, but tragically he died months before the wedding. A year later, out of duty she married his brother the new Tsarevich and sailed for Russia in 1866. There she soon adapted to the requirements of the imperial court and the marriage turned out a success.  She raised a large family – her oldest son was the ill-fated Nicholas II.

The assassination of her father-in-law Alexander II cast a shadow over her husband’s accession to the throne, and the reaction against reform that set in created tensions during Alexander III’s reign. As Empress she intervened on behalf of the Finns and exercised an important anti-German influence on her husband’s foreign policy. His premature death led to an early widowhood and two of her sons died young.

As her influence over her eldest son Nicholas II waned, she watched helplessly as the country she had come to love suffered misrule under the influence of Empress Alexandra and Rasputin until it was engulfed in Revolution.

Rescued from the advancing Bolsheviks by a British battleship, she was brought to England where her nephew, George V, was king. The most senior member of Romanov dynasty to survive the revolution, her influence was paramount till her death in Denmark in 1928. Her reburial beside her husband in St Petersburg in September this year will be a dignified event attended by the Queen of Denmark and President Putin, attracting major media coverage.

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