On July 16, 1918, after more than a year in captivity, the Romanovs were executed. Tsar Nicholas II had been forced to abdicate in March 1917, and he and his family were taken into custody by the revolutionaries. His family consisted of his wife, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (formerly Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine), and their five children: the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, and the young Tsarevich Alexei. All seven members of the family were shot and stabbed with bayonets repeatedly. With their death, many legends would be born about the survival of the youngest daughter Anastasia. Though all of the bodies were eventually accounted for in 2007, we still have a fascination with this family, their lives, and their deaths.
In honor of the Romanovs, we're sharing a list of some great books to help you learn more about them and the terrible murders that would change Russia forever.
A century later, we're still fascinated by the last Tsar of Russia, his wife, and their children. Here are some great books to check out if you'd like to know more about the Romanovs.