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by Donald Crawford,Wanda McCaddon,Rosemary Crawford

Category: Historical
Subcategory: Memoris and Biographies
Author: Donald Crawford,Wanda McCaddon,Rosemary Crawford
ISBN: 0786160101
ISBN13: 978-0786160105
Language: English
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (September 1, 1999)
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Rosemary Crawford (Author), Donald Crawford (Author), Wanda McCaddon (Reader) & 0 more. Michael comes off as a genial, amiable person but perhaps one who could be easily manipulated by a woman.

Michael and Natasha book. Michael and Natasha is both an astonishing love story and an illuminating look at the last glorious days of the Romanovs and the brutal revolution that ended their reign. Based on private diaries, letters, and documents long hidden in the Soviet archives, it sheds light on an extraordinary tale of enduring love and ultimate tragedy that, until now, has never been told.

Crawford, Rosemary; Crawford, Donald. Originally published in Great Britain by Weidenfield & Nicolson"-T. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-433) and index. City.

Thwarted love, scandal, and tragedy among royals, this time played out in the genuinely moving story of Michael Romanov. At the beginning of the century, the Romanov rulers of Russia faced turmoil both in politics and in their personal lives. Scandals and feuds erupted as various Romanovs defied Tsar Nicholas by marrying commoners and divorcâes, and by taking sides for or against the controversial Tsaritsa Alexandra. Outraged, Nicholas took drastic measures, denying him money and removing him from the regency.

By (author) Rosemary And Donald Crawford, By (author) Donald Crawford, Translated by Nadia Ma.

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MICHAEL AND NATASHA is both an astonishing love story and an illuminating look at the last glorious days of the Romanovs and the brutal revolution that ended their reign

MICHAEL AND NATASHA is both an astonishing love story and an illuminating look at the last glorious days of the Romanovs and the brutal revolution that ended their reign. Based on private diaries, letters, and documents long hidden in the Soviet archives, it sheds light on an extraordinary tale of enduring love and ultimate tragedy that, until now, has never been told

Rosemary and Donald Crawford's "Michael and Natasha : The Life And Love Of Michael II, The Last Of The Romanov Tsars" is one of the best . Rosemary and Donald Crawford present a little known adenda to the story of the Romanov Tsars.

Rosemary and Donald Crawford's "Michael and Natasha : The Life And Love Of Michael II, The Last Of The Romanov Tsars" is one of the best - certainly the most riveting. It quickly catches you up in a pace, all too fast, racing to a tragic finalle. Based on private diaries, letters, and documents long hidden in the Soviet archives, it sheds light on an extraordinary tale of enduring love and ultimate tragedy that, until now, has never been told

Michael and Natasha is both an astonishing love story and an illuminating look at the last glorious days of the Romanovs and the brutal revolution that ended their reign.

Michael and Natasha is both an astonishing love story and an illuminating look at the last glorious days of the Romanovs and the brutal revolution that ended their reign. Fascinating in its detail, but sometimes also got bogged down by that same detail. Great to hear the reader with the accent. Donec in tortor in lectus iaculis vulputate.

He was Grand Duke Michael, handsome brother of Tsar Nicholas II. She was the beautiful twice-divorced daughter of a Moscow lawyer. Everything was wrong...yet for Michael, it was love at first sight--an obsession that would lead to disgrace, humiliation, and exile. Their scandalous love affair and their runaway marriage to Vienna in 1912, trailed by the Tsar's secret police, caused uproar in Russia and was the talk in all of Europe. Based on hundreds of letters long hidden in the Russian state archive, as well as Michael's private diaries held by the Forbes Collection, here is an extraordinary tale of enduring love and ultimate tragedy that, until now, has never been told. Michael and Natasha is both an astonishing love story and an illuminating look at the last glorious days of the Romanovs and the brutal revolution that ended their reign.
Comments to eBook Michael and Natasha: The Life and Love of Michael II, the Last of the Romanov Tsars
Zaryagan
This is a excellent book that adds details to all the players in that Russian time period. The authors did their homework and there are many pictures. I always wondered how the Revelution came about and why it couldn't be stopped. After all the Tsar was with a huge army of men he could marched to put it down at least temporarily.
The " love story" certainly rings of the great book Anna Karenina. And as in that story, one doesn't just accidentally get into the trouble and heartbreak if they pick a wife and mother of someone else's. Natasha did love him, but she was trading up. She also taunted Michael with flirting and telling him about it ( one has to pity Michael.)We all have choices and a time we could pick not to follow a course that would cause such heartbreak to so many people ( and in this case, a country.) Does it seem odd both Micael and his brother the Tsar both chose dominate beautiful women that got them in irreversible trouble?
They continued to spend and party to the end. And Natasha continued to, even after exile until she ran through everything.
This is a great story, a must read! You have to admire the courage of Micael at the end. And he did try to help his brother reverse the course that did take place. Everybody tried. The Tsar just couldn't take a stand against his wife's theory the Tsar was chosen by God and all decisions were infallible. There were so many chances to turn things around that were missed. What a heartbreak!
Melipra
This book is a must read for anyone enamored of the royal Romanovs of Russia and their tragic story. The Crawfords rely upon plenty of written resources (diaries, letters, official accounts, etc) in crafting a story about the last Tsar of All the Russias and his wife. No, it is not about Nicholas and Alexandra; indeed, any reader who is fond of Nicholas and Alexandra will not like their depiction in this book. Instead, it is about Michael Romanov and his wife, Natasha, and how Nicholas passed over his son and abdicated in favor of Michael during World War I.

Michael was the youngest son of Alexander III and his wife, Empress Marie, formerly Princess Dagmar of Denmark. For a handsome royal Grand Duke, Michael seemed to be unlucky in love. Orthodoxy forbid a marriage to his first cousin and he did not seem to fancy any of his other royal relatives or acquaintances. And then he met the beautiful and bold Natasha Wulfert, formerly Mamontov, nee Sheremetevzky of Moscow. In quick fashion, Michael and Natasha became friends, and then lovers.

The details of their travel abroad in order to marry without the permission of the Tsar will fascinate readers who are romantic by nature. The authors try to convey the great passion and love between these two people and mostly succeed; where this reviewer has trouble is imagining or believing that Natasha was not the principle architect of this morgantic marriage. Michael comes off as a genial, amiable person but perhaps one who could be easily manipulated by a woman. It appears Natasha set her eyes on him in Gatchina and became determined to become more than a friend. Natasha's letters to MIchael often take on a hectoring tone and her constant lectures about Michael standing up to his brother the Tsar in order to receive the deference due to his royal position make one wonder if Natasha was also trying to improve her own lot. The intelligentsia adored this high-minded, educated woman but provincial Russia, the citizens of Gatchina and especially the royals looked down on a thrice married woman who had two living ex-husbands.

Still, it was a love match for these two. If only the book went into more detail about their young lives, and especially Natasha's life after leaving Russia for the last time, it would be a great book. As it is, it is a good book which will leave the reader thirsty for more information on the Romanovs.
Kemath
This was a well researched book about Michael Romanov and his disastrous choices. Born to potential greatness like every Romanov, he ( like every Romanov with very few exceptions) dedicated his life to doing what he wanted. Like his brother he picked a strong willed, self absorbed woman, unlike his brothers wife she seem to care about him at all. A creepy gold digger who slept and married her way up the social ladder, she was so vain and even mean that when poor old Grand a Duke Michael was on the front lines she wrote him letters filled with complaints about anything she could whine about and seemed to have an affair with his cousin Dimitri, one of the most pathetic members of the family. Michaels story is pretty sad, at the end I imagine he somewhat welcomed the bullet.
Chuynopana
Lots of dramatic letters between Natasha and Michael, possibly because there wasn't much else. Maybe b/c there isn't much left of substance in regards to their relationship due to the palace wishing to hush the relationship up. Of course the post Revolution anti-nobility mindset wasn't going to romanticize the love story either.
My biggest gripe was that the entire book seemed to lack substance (and this could be due to the above reasons, not sure) there were very few pictures of the couple.
Certainly the ending was lacking in what happened to Natasha after her exile to France and I am sure that could have expanded upon b/c of her survivors.
Another story of the tragedy of the Russian Revolution.
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