The Romanovs: Lives of Russia's Imperial family

The last great despotic dynasty of Europe, the Romanovs ruled Russia for three centuries, presiding over the country's transformation into one of the world's great powers and precipitating its descent into revolution. Among the scions of the family were geniuses and simpletons, reformers and autocrats, degenerates and ascetics. Incredibly wealthy and wielding absolute power, they lived lives far outside the realm of common human experience that continue to fascinate nearly a century after their reign over the Russian Empire was brutally terminated.