In this extraordinary memoir Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov recounts the early, heady days of the 20th century and his plot to kill the 'mad monk' Rasputin in gruesome, thrilling prose.
After a glamorous life in England, partying with the rich and famous at Oxford and London he eventually returned to Russia where he married Princess Irina of Russia, the Tsar's only niece, only to realise that his beloved Russia was on the verge of catastrophe, blaming Rasputin for his disastrous influence on the Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina.
On the night of 30th December 1916, Yusupov murdered Rasputin, an event relayed in chilling detail in these memoirs.
Prince Felix Yusupov was one of the richest men in Russia after his older brother, Nikolai Felixovich, Count Sumarokov-Elston had an affair with a married woman and was killed in a duel by the jealous husband. From 1909 to 1913, Felix studied fine arts at Oxford, where he was a member of the Bullingdon Club, and established the Oxford University Russian Society. Yusupov was living on 14 King Edward Street, had a Russian cook, a French driver, an English valet, a housekeeper, and he spent much time partying. He owned three horses, a macaw and a bulldog called Punch. He also murdered Rasputin…
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