A Short Life

by Frances Welch

  • Published: 05 Feb 2015
  • Price: £8.99
  • Format: B Format Paperback
  • Extent: 208p
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Grigory Rasputin, the Siberian peasant-turned-mystic, was as fascinating as he was unfathomable. He played the role of the simple man, eating with his fingers and boasting, ‘I don’t even know my ABC…’ But, as the only person able to relieve the symptoms of haemophilia in the Tsar’s heir Alexis, he gained almost hallowed status within the Imperial court.

During the last decade of his life, he and his band of ‘little ladies’ came to symbolise all that was decadent and remote about the royal family. His role in the downfall of the tsarist regime is beyond dispute. But who was he really?

In this eye-opening short biography, which draws on previously unpublished material, Frances Welch turns her inimitable wry gaze on one of the great mysteries of Russian history.

“In this slender and enjoyable biography, Frances Welch sets about her search for the man with common sense, wry observation and insight...she writes delightfully.”
Orlando Figes, Sunday Times
“A delight to read, if horror can be delightful.”
Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
“Elegant and insightful... Welch has done an excellent job of digging out the kind of telling detail that often gets swamped by the grand political narrative”
Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

About Frances Welch

Frances Welch has written for the Sunday Telegraph, Granta, The Spectator and the Financial Times. She is co-author of Memories of Revolution: Russian Women Remember (Routledge, 1993), The Romanov & Mr Gibbes (Short Books, 2003) and A Romanov Fantasy: Life at the Court of Anna Anderson (Short Books, 2007) She is married to the writer Craig Brown, and has two children. She lives in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Other books by this author

<a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-russian-court-at-sea"><strong>The Russian Court At Sea</strong><br />The Last Days of a Great Dynasty: The Romanov's Voyage into Exile</a><br /><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-russian-court-at-sea" class="plain-link">On 11th April 1919, less than a year after the assassination of the Romanovs, the British battleship HMS Marlborough left Yalta carrying 17 members of the Russian Imperial Family into perpetual exile. </a><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-russian-court-at-sea"><img  src="https://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-romanov-fantasy"><strong>The Romanov Fantasy</strong><br />Life at the Court of Anna Anderson</a><br /><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-romanov-fantasy" class="plain-link">Did the 17-year-old Anastasia survive the massacre of the Russian Royal family in 1917? The possibility that she, the youngest of the Tsar’s daughters, might have escaped, and the universal longing to salvage some thread of hope from the tragedy, has provided a rich spawning ground for claimants.</a><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-romanov-fantasy"><img  src="https://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-romanov%e2%80%99s-and-mr-gibbes"><strong>The Romanovs and Mr Gibbes</strong><br />The Story of the Englishman who taught the children of the last Tsar</a><br /><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-romanov%e2%80%99s-and-mr-gibbes" class="plain-link">Frances Welch draws on a wealth of unpublished material to throw new light on the Romanov story, telling it from the English teacher’s point of view. </a><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-romanov%e2%80%99s-and-mr-gibbes"><img  src="https://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/rasputin"><strong>Rasputin</strong></a><br /><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/rasputin" class="plain-link"></a><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/rasputin"><img  src="https://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a>