Author(s): Christopher Warwick
Considered to have been the most beautiful princess in Europe, capable of arousing 'profane passions', Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, or 'Ella' as she was known, was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and the daughter of Princess Alice of Great Britain and Grand Duke Louis of Hesse. A privileged, happy Victorian childhood was touched by tragedy not only with the early deaths of her youngest brother and sister but also that of her young mother. Close to Queen Victoria, Ella spent some of her happiest times in Britain. At 20, however, much against the wishes of her grandmother, who despised everything Russian, Ella became engaged to Grand Duke Serge Alexandrovich, the authoritarian younger brother of Tsar Alexander III. It was at their wedding that her younger sister, Alix, formed a love match with the future Tsar Nicholas II; an event which not only sealed the fate of both sisters, but that of the Imperial House of Romanov. But for these two marriages, the history of Russia might have been very different.
"the book lingers with you long after you have finished it." (Majesty, September 2006) "As ... Warwick's biography of Ella aptly demonstrates, unravel one biography of a late-19th-century European royal and the entire dynasty unfolds." (The Daily Telegraph, November 2006) "...inspiring..." (Majesty, November 2006) "Warwick's biography is freighted with domestic and cultural detail and weighted with tragedy." (The Times, December 2006) "Christopher Warwick's well-research biography fills a gap in the literature of royal lives." (The Times Literary Supplement, February 2007) "Christopher Warwick has given the story a new power and a subtle shift of meaning." (Royalty Digest, February 2007) "Christopher Warwick's acclaimed new biography of Ella sheds new light on a remarkable woman." (Royalty Magazine) "...a definitive biography...Elisabeth Feodorovna is one of the last century's true heroes. Christopher Warwick's book will tell you why." (The Tablet, February 2007) "The remarkable life of Elizabeth, or Ella as she was almost universally known, is revealed in fascinating detail by Warwick." (Yorkshire Evening Post, March 2007) "...Warwick has produced a definitive biography..." (The Tablet, March 2007
Christopher Warwick is the author of several best-selling biographies, among them the authorized Princess Margaret; King George VI & Queen Elizabeth; George & Marina, Duke & Duchess of Kent; Queen Mary's Photograph Albums and The Universal Ustinov, a popular study of the celebrated actor, writer and raconteur, Sir Peter Ustinov. He has also written widely for newspapers and magazines both at home and abroad, and frequently appears on television and radio.
Author's Note.Acknowledgements.Chapter One.Chapter Two.Chapter Three.Chapter Four.Chapter Five.Chapter Six.Chapter Seven.Chapter Eight.Chapter Nine.Chapter Ten.Chapter Twelve.Bibliography.Source Notes.Index.