Another fascinating historical novel by a well known author whose previous books have been widely translated. This one deals with the romance of Alexander II of Russia and the young princess, Katherine Dolgorouky, which developed into a lasting relationship and an eventual morganatic marriage. The discontent of the aristocracy, intrigues and machinations of the Nihilistic party, fearing that she might become empress, finally led to his murder on the eve of her coronation. Krasnoff, a former intimate of the court, historian and journalist, is well equipped to retell this famous story. The background material is authentic, and the writing crisp and colorful.