Anna Pavlovna SchererAn old maid of honor for the empress Maria Feodorovna, and one of Petersburg's most celebrated socialites. She loves to host soirées. Her friends sometimes call her Annette.
Prince Vassily KuraginThe middle-aged patriarch of the Kuragin family. He is intelligent, calculating, and will go to great lengths to benefit his family. He is the father of Ippolit, Anatole, and Hélène.
WintzingerodeGeneral F.F. von Wintzingerode, a real general whom Alexander I sent to Prussia in 1805 in hopes of getting that country’s support in the war against Napoleon.
Baron FunkeThe empress appoints him as first secretary in Vienna, much to Prince Vassily’s chagrin (Vassily wanted his son to receive this important position).
Ippolit KuraginPrince Vassily’s eldest son. Vassily calls him an “an untroublesome fool” (6) and he plays less of a role in the novel than his siblings do.
Anatole KuraginPrince Vassily's handsome, charismatic son. Despite his charm, he is a good-for-nothing whose main activity is seducing women.
Prince Nikolai BolkonskyAn intelligent and wealthy middle-aged prince who lives in the country. He makes his family miserable with his stinginess and his eccentric ways. Father to Andrei Bolkonsky and Princess Marya.
Andrei BolkonskyOne of the novel's primary characters, brother to Princess Marya and son to Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky. Also called Prince Andrei, Andryusha, or Andre. He is a fiercely moral and moody man who battles his desire to be part of the world and military against his desire to be left alone. Father to Nikolushka later, after his wife Lise dies.
Princess Marya BolkonskyPrince Nikolai Bolkonsky’s daughter, and brother to Prince Andrei. She is becoming an old maid and hopes to marry soon so that she can get away from her father. However, she is extremely pious and serious and enjoys an ascetic lifestyle.
Lise MeinenPrince Andrei Bolkonsky’s wife. She is often referred to as Liza, “the young princess” or “the little princess.” She is not to be confused with Princess Marya Bolkonsky. Lise is pregnant at the start of the book and is known for her youthful prettiness.
Hélène KuraginPrince Vassily’s beautiful and delightful daughter. Sister to Anatole and Ippolit. She marries Pierre Bezukhov and becomes a famous socialite. Her Russian name is Elena Vassilievna, but she is almost always referred to as Hélène.
MortemartA French viscount who fled France during the Revolution and has lived in Russia ever since.
Princess Anna Mikhailovna DrubetskoyAn elderly, impoverished princess who constantly requests favors and money from the other characters in the novel. She does her best to provide for her son, Boris, despite her bad financial situation. She proves to be a skilled manipulator when she manages to ingratiate herself with both sides of the Bezukhov inheritance dispute.
General Mikhail Ilarionovich KutuzovA real, high-ranking general who became commander in chief of the Russian military when the war with France recommenced in 1812.
DolokhovAn officer in the Semyonovsky regiment, known for his penchant for gambling and duels. He lives with Anatole Kuragin.
Boris DrubetskoyPrincess Drubetskoy's son, who is 18 at the start of the novel. He is friendly but a relentless social climber. A long-time friend of the Rostovs.
Natasha RostovThe beautiful, enchanting youngest daughter of the Rostov family. She has several romances with men before finally marrying Pierre Bezukhov.
Nikolai RostovAlso called Nikolushka, Nikolai is in his mid-twenties at the start of the novel. He is dreamy and romantic, but sometimes lacks common sense. He is particularly patriotic and much of the novel is concerned with his military career. Initially, he is romantically linked to his cousin Sonya Rostov but ends up marrying Princess Marya Bolkonsky instead. Brother to Natasha and Pytor.
Pyotr RostovAlso called Petya and Petrusha. He is the rowdy youngest son of the Rostov family. He does not play much of a role in the novel until he volunteers for the military at fifteen and is tragically shot shortly thereafter.
Sonya RostovAn impoverished, orphaned cousin who lives with the Rostov family. Natasha's closest confidante. She is a few years older than Natasha and has a self-sacrificing personality. She is in love with Nikolai Rostov and stands by him faithfully despite his bad treatment of her.
Vera RostovThe eldest Rostov daughter. Despite being beautiful and well-mannered, she has a bitter personality.
Count Kirill BezukhovPierre’s father, who is very sick at the beginning of the novel. His will is the subject of much speculation, since his massive estate might go to Pierre or to Prince Vassily.
Countess RostovThe nervous, overly generous matriarch of the Rostov family.
Count Ilya Andreevich RostovThe kind, elderly head of the Rostov family. He also serves as the marshal for the Bolkonskys' Ryazan estates.
MitenkaA nobleman’s son who was brought up by Count Rostov. Now an adult, he manages the Rostov family’s finances.
Marya Dmitrievna AkhrosimovA noblewoman with a reputation for “directness of mind and frank simplicity of manners” (59).
ShinshinCountess Rostov’s cousin, a witty middle-aged bachelor.
Lieutenant BergAn officer in the Semyonovsky regiment who marries Vera Rostov.
Julie KaraginA pretty young heiress who competes with Sonya for Nikolai Rostov’s attention. Despite their similar surnames, she is not related to Prince Vassily. After her brothers die, she inherits all of her parents' estate and marries Boris Drubetskoy.
Pierre BezukhovOne of the few main characters not associated with one of the novel's major families. A young heir whose quest for spiritual fulfillment is one of the novel's major plots. Until he gets his inheritance, he fails to impress society because of his absent-mindedness, his overweight stature, and his social awkwardness. However, he is well-meaning and thoughtful and enjoys intelligent conversation.
Princess Katerina Semyonovna MamontovAlso known as Catiche. She is Prince Vassily’s cousin and cares for Count Kirill Bezukhov during his long illness.
Mlle BouriennePrincess Marya’s companion, and a terrible flirt. She was living as an orphan on the streets when she was adopted by Prince Nikolai as a child.
LorrainThe French doctor who takes care of Count Kirill.
Mikhail IvanovichThe Bolkonksy family’s architect. Despite Mikhail’s low rank, Prince Nikolai often invites him to dinner to demonstrate his opinion that all men are equal.
TimokhinA captain in the Semyonovsky regiment.
ZherkovA hussar cornet, one of Dolokhov's friends from St. Petersburg.
KozlovskyAn adjutant in the Semyonovsky regiment.
General MackAn Austrian general who works with General Kutuzov on strategy.
Prince NesvitskyPrince Andrei's roommate during the 1805 campaign.
Captain DenisovThe squadron commander of the Pavlogradsky hussar regiment. Also known as Vaska Denisov. He is good at his job but has a gambling problem. When he goes home with Nikolai Rostov on leave, he falls in love with Natasha Rostov.
Lieutenant TelyaninA low-ranking officer in the Pavlogradsky regiment who steals some money from Captain Denisov.
LavrushkaAn orderly for Captain Denisov.
Karl Bogdanovich SchubertThe commander of the Pavlogradsky regiment. He is also called Bogdanych.
Staff Captain KirstenA high-ranking officer in the Pavlogradsky regiment.
BilibinThe Russian ambassador to Austria and a friend of Prince Andrei. Andrei stays with him in Brünn when he is acting as a courier in October, 1805.
Prince BagrationA real prince who participates in the 1805 and 1812 campaigns.
MuratA French general.
Captain TushinA staff captain in Prince Bagration’s detachment. He is inept and works with the artillery. He impresses Prince Andrei with his friendly manner.
AlpatychThe steward at Bald Hills (the Bolkonsky estate).
WeyrotherA German general who develops the the plan for the battle of Austerlitz.
Prince DolgorukovA military friend of Prince Andrei who helps get Boris Drubetskoy promoted in 1805.
Tsar Alexander IThe young emperor of Russia. Despite his youth, he has an invigorating effect when he reviews the troops. Tolstoy portrays him as deeply patriotic and sincere in his efforts to defend his people.
Count TolstoyA high-ranking Russian general. A real person with no relation to the author.
LangeronAn officer who vociferously objects to Weyrother’s plan for the battle of Austerlitz.
FeoktistThe English Club's head chef.
Marya BogdanovnaThe midwife who helps deliver Lise Meinen's son.
IogelA dancing instructor in Moscow who throws annual balls for his current and former students.
Osip Alexeevich BazdeevAn elderly Freemason who inspires Pierre after they meet by chance at a posting house.
Count WillarskiA Polish count who serves as Pierre's sponsor in the Freemasons.
NikolushkaPrince Andrei's son, the younger Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky. Also called Nikolenka.
DessalesThe Bolkonsky family's tutor.
IvanushkaA young boy who is part of the 'people of God,' an itinerant group of beggars taken in by Princess Marya.
PelageyushkaAn elderly woman in the people of God.
Count ZhilinskyA Pole raised in France. He rooms with Boris Drubetskoy at the emperors' meeting in Tilsit.
LazarevAn officer who receives the French Legion of Honor from Napoleon after the peace treaty in 1807.
Count ArakcheevThe Russian minister of war.
Mikhail Mikhailovich SperanskyThe secretary of state and a counselor to Tsar Alexander. He is in charge of many domestic reforms.
Count KochubeyA nobleman in St. Petersburg.
MagnitskyThe director of the commission on military regulations.
Marya Ignatievna PeronskyCountess Rostov's friend in St. Petersburg. She is a retired lady-in-waiting who served the empress.
Marya AntonovnaMarya Antonovna Naryshkin, a real person who was Tsar Alexander's mistress.
DaniloA hunter on the Rostovs' Otradnoe estate.
Pelageye Danilovna MelyukovA noblewoman in St. Petersburg who holds a party attended by the Rostovs.
MétivierA French doctor in Moscow.
BalagaA troika driver who often works for Dolokhov and Anatole Kuragin.
BalashovThe envoy that Tsar Alexander sends to demand that Napoleon withdraw his troops from Russian lands.
Count BennigsenA Polish general in the Russian army who competes with Kutuzov for power.
IlyinNikolai Rostov's protegé in the hussars in the 1812 campaign.
Count RastopchinA real person. He is a gentleman in the tsar's entourage who is in charge of Moscow during the 1812 war. He is brutal to the political prisoners under his charge, and famously tries to stop people from deserting the city.
Marya GenrikhovnaA German doctor’s wife who travels with the Pavlogradsky regiment. A flirt.
ObolenskyPyotr Rostov's friend.
DronThe headman at the Bolkonskys' country estate, Bogucharovo.
DunyashaPrincess Marya Bolkonsky’s childhood nurse who has remained a faithful servant to the family.
Captain RamballeA jocular French officer whom Pierre saves from a gunshot in occupied Moscow.
Makar AlexeevichOsip Bazdeev's mentally disabled brother-in-law. He lives in Moscow and tries to kill Captain Ramballe.
Anna Ignatyevna MalvintsevPrincess Marya's maternal aunt.
Platon KarataevA simple, religious peasant-soldier whom Pierre meets when he's imprisoned by the French in Moscow.
DokhturovA Russian general who leads one of the last offensives against the French in 1812.
TikhonA peasant soldier in Denisov’s band of partisans, known for his courage and his sense of humor.
abbé MorioA thoughtful man with whom Pierre has a discussion during the novel's first soirée.
SmolyaninovA Freemason who helps initiate Pierre into the society.
IlaginA neighbor to the Rostovs, who is caught sending men to use their land illegally. He reciprocates by inviting them to his land.
PfuelA general who seems committed to winning the war, where the others are more interested in themselves. Seen in the meeting with Andrei, the tsar, and other generals.
VereshchaginA Moscow businessman who is offered to the crowds by Rastpochin so that the latter can protect himself from the crowd's ire. Blamed for a small crime, but devoured by the mob nevertheless.
NapoleonThe real French general and emperor who led the campaign across Europe that is finally ceded when he fails to push past Moscow. Presented by Tolstoy sometimes from an objective distance, and sometimes as a fully-drawn human with feelings and complications.
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