— About the Book —
This book shares the story of the last Russian emperor and his family. Their life was not necessarily what one would expect; there was much more than fancy clothes and delicious food. They shared happy memories but also great hardships. They nursed the sick, ate porridge, kayaked along the Finnish coastline, and cared for chickens. Today we know them as the Royal Martyrs — deeply pious Orthodox Christians who laid down their lives for the Faith and role models of Christian virtue who showed kindness even to the guards who taunted them.
Accessible and thought provoking, this beautifully illustrated book is appropriate for children aged 7-12, or for parents to read to their children of younger age.
— Author Biography —
Maria Maximova is an expert on the history of Russian literarary culture. She has authored a number of books retelling the lives of Orthodox Christian saints for children.
Nicholas Kotar is a graduate of Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, NY, and holds a degree in Russian Literature from UC Berkeley. His previous translations include St Ignatius Brianchaninov’s The Field, and Archbishop Averky’s Commentaries on the Holy Scripture of the New Testament.