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Books and Films about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Topic started by: Sarai on December 11, 2004, 07:58:04 PM

Title: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Sarai on December 11, 2004, 07:58:04 PM
I was just wondering what kinds of books you would like to see published on the Imperial Family, or for that matter other royals discussed on this site? If you could write a book or ask someone to do it, what topics do you wish could be written about - either ones never published before or ones that could be expanded upon.

From what I've picked up on this site, people have expressed an interest in seeing newer and better books written on G.D. Ella, Princess Alice of Great Britain (Ella's mom), and a picture book on Christian IX's family, among others (these are ones I remember right now).

We already know books are being worked on by Bob on the Alexander Palace, by Charlotte Zeepvat on royal nannies, by Greg King on the court of Nicholas II, and by Art Beeche on the Grand Dukes and another one on their wives - all very interesting and worthwhile works!

I guess I am just asking what subjects and people do you wish were written about more?
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Sarai on December 12, 2004, 02:06:11 PM
Let me add to this the publication of Alexandra's jewel book, similar to the one published on Nicholas (The Jewel Album of Tsar Nicholas II), showing their own sketches of all the jewelry they owned and received as gifts. I have heard that her jewel book exists but just hasn't been published.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: jaa on December 12, 2004, 02:28:27 PM
I'd like a book focused on OTMAA.

The children are almost parallels to Anne Frank, in the sense of so much potential lost in the murder of innocents.

IMHO one of the failures of history, and perhaps the reason we do not learn the lessons we could from it, is that we give attention only to its heroes and villains. Their victims have expression only in quantity. But we know Anne Frank through her diaries. We could know OTMAA through the people who knew them.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Marlene on December 12, 2004, 11:02:27 PM
There are two bios on Alice - Hessian Tapestry and a bio by Gerald Noel.   I also have her letters edited by her sister Helena.

As for Ella - I believe Christopher Warwick is at work on a bio.   There is a lovely new book published in Denmark about Christian IX's descendants - lots and lots of photos (and it is in English.)

Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Olga on December 12, 2004, 11:23:00 PM
A biography of Olga Konstantinovna.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Olga on December 13, 2004, 08:56:34 AM
A DETAILED chronicle of the Romanov dynasty and Imperial House.

Most books focus on Pyotr Alexeevich, Nikolai Pavlovich, Alexander Pavlovich, Yekaterina Alexeevna 1+2, and Nikolai Alexandrovich. Ho hum. What about Anna Ivanovna, Sofia Alexeevna, Yelizaveta Petrovna, Mikhail Fyodorovich? Nothing much ever seems to be written about them.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Marlene on December 13, 2004, 02:29:39 PM
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I would like to know the title and publisher of this book. Marlene, Could you give them?


I have no idea -as the book has not even been published - and am not even sure how far Christopher Warwick has gotten into this work.  I heard about it from a friend in the UK, but have not seen anything else on the book ...
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Marlene on December 13, 2004, 03:49:55 PM
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Thank you, Marlene. I thought the book on Christian's descendants had been published already. I'll keep it in mind and put it on my wish list anyway. And the same goes for the book on Ella, of course.


the book on Christian's descendants has been published.  It's called A Royal Family.  Came out last year in Denmark.  There is also a 2 volume book in Danish, Huset Glucksborg on Christian IX's descendants ... but no one has done a comprehensive genealogy on Christian IX's descendants - as has been done for Queen Victoria.  

When I get more information about Warwick's book, I will let you know - and of course will be writing about it in Royal Book news, the newsletter that I publish.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Sarai on December 14, 2004, 07:44:23 AM
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Sarai, This is a very nice thread :), but do you also have any plans to get authors mobilised to realise our wish lists?


Helen,
I'm glad you like the topic. :) However, I was just curious to see what types of books people are interested in seeing published, if only as an idea to current authors who may frequent this board and, perhaps, for future authors as well.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Ilana on December 14, 2004, 06:11:30 PM
Chris Warwick's book has no publication date as Marlene says...but it is coming, but not soon.

I am working on a biography of Victoria Milford Haven, I hope you will all enjoy it.  It may be out before next Christmas.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Belochka on December 14, 2004, 06:39:12 PM
I would like to see an affordable book(s) describing the Tercentenary Balls. The two volume collection which is available now commands a premium price (a few hundred USD).

There seems to be no specific publication which details the history of the Smolni Institute starting with Quarenghi's initiative to the date of its closure by the Provisional Government.

The market is fairly well served with books about Empress Marie. However there seems to be little in print about Alexander III and Marie, similar to the Nikolai and Alexandra format we are familiar with. Such a publication following the 2006 reburial ceremony would be more than appropriate?  
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Sarai on December 14, 2004, 06:52:21 PM
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The market is fairly well served with books about Empress Marie. However there seems to be little in print about Alexander III and Marie, similar to the Nikolai and Alexandra format we are familiar with. Such a publication following the 2006 reburial ceremony would be more than appropriate?  


I agree, that would be a good idea. I have also noticed that there seem to be more biographies on Marie than on her husband, so I would add to this list a bio on Alexander III.

I would also like a bio of the first Tsaritsa Alexandra, wife of Nicholas I.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Belochka on December 14, 2004, 07:05:40 PM
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I agree, that would be a good idea. I have also noticed that there seem to be more biographies on Marie than on her husband, so I would add to this list a bio on Alexander III.


I have biography of Alexander III written by Bokhanov, in the Russian language. It was published in 2001. Perhaps an English translation is warranted to grab a wider audience?
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Helen_Azar on December 15, 2004, 07:43:09 AM
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So the question is who of us does read Russian fluently, speaks English fluently and has enough time to get the job done? Any volunteers?
And don't forget, Helen, someone who also owns a copy of this book  ;)

Helen A
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Marlene on December 15, 2004, 11:44:49 AM


I would also like a bio of the first Tsaritsa Alexandra, wife of Nicholas I.

I have a bio of Alexandra in my collection.... in English
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Marlene on December 15, 2004, 11:46:19 AM


I have biography of Alexander III written by Bokhanov, in the Russian language. It was published in 2001. Perhaps an English translation is warranted to grab a wider audience?
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In all seriousness, probably not (sniff sniff).  I have the 1894 Charles Lowe bio on Alexander III.  Nothing to write home about.  Book translations are expensive, let alone securing rights - and publishers are not keen on doing this because the market is so small.  
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Marlene on December 15, 2004, 11:47:13 AM
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Aahhh, that must be the book accompanying the A Royal Family television series. Great series, by the way, especially the episode on Queen Alexandra of England. :D


Yes, it is.  I ordered mine from Gad, a Danish bookstore chain.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Alicky1872 on December 15, 2004, 02:03:15 PM
My hubby ordered the dvd of A Royal Family for me, for Christmas! I just can't wait to see it! I wonder if and when it will be shown over here in England?
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Marlene on December 15, 2004, 02:12:24 PM
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My hubby ordered the dvd of A Royal Family for me, for Christmas! I just can't wait to see it! I wonder if and when it will be shown over here in England?



A Royal Family has been seen several times on British tv - first in October 2003 on the History Channel UK, and more recently on Discovery Channel Europe.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Helen_Azar on December 15, 2004, 03:01:21 PM
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My hubby ordered the dvd of A Royal Family for me, for Christmas! I just can't wait to see it! I wonder if and when it will be shown over here in England?


Alicky, where do you order it from? It sounds good, I want to check it out. Is it available in the States?
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Alicky1872 on December 15, 2004, 03:36:12 PM
Oh--I never knew it was shown here in the UK! You see, we live in the Dark Ages--we don't have cable tv! ;)

Helen, it's for sale in Majesty magazine--you can go to their website at majestymag.com (I think that's it) I'm pretty sure it will play on American dvd players.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Marlene on December 15, 2004, 03:44:39 PM


Helen, it's for sale in Majesty magazine--you can go to their website at majestymag.com (I think that's it) I'm pretty sure it will play on American dvd players.[/quote]


A Royal Family WILL NOT play on American dvd players.  It is PAL/Region 2 only.   One needs an all-region/code free dvd player that has a converter.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Helen_Azar on December 15, 2004, 04:13:43 PM
Thanks, guys. My laptop can play all regions and I plan on getting a universal DVD player soon.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Marlene on December 15, 2004, 09:28:18 PM
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Thanks, guys. My laptop can play all regions and I plan on getting a universal DVD player soon.


Playing all regions is one thing ... but you still need to have a converter for the PAL to the NTSC
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Helen_Azar on December 16, 2004, 06:51:13 AM
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Playing all regions is one thing ... but you still need to have a converter for the PAL to the NTSC
Thanks, Marlene. I will have to look into that when I start shopping for a DVD player, which I hope will be soon.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Marlene on December 16, 2004, 08:41:32 AM
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Thanks, Marlene. I will have to look into that when I start shopping for a DVD player, which I hope will be soon.



if you need any help, just e-mail me ...
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Helen_Azar on December 16, 2004, 08:57:55 AM
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if you need any help, just e-mail me ...


Thank you so much. I will probably start looking for one in January or February.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Marlene on December 16, 2004, 10:36:57 AM
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Thank you so much. I will probably start looking for one in January or February.


you are very welcome
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: sydguy71 on December 17, 2004, 09:23:13 PM

I agree with Belochka, I would love to see a cheaper version  published of the tercentary balls. That would make an excellent addition to a massive collection of Romanov books.

A book on the Grand Dukes Pter and Nicholas Nicholovich would be welcome.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Sarai on January 16, 2005, 02:41:07 PM
Add to this fantasy wish list a well-researched book on Sergei Alexandrovich, which would help put to rest so much of the specualation surrounding his life. The man is such an enimga. I would like to read his diary entries and letters to get a better glimpse of his character, in his own words. Ideally, this book would also make a convincing and well-researched case for or against whether he was or wasn't gay, which is of course one of the lasting questions surrounding him. Perhaps some obscure diary entries or letters could be found strongly suggesting this was the case. On the other hand, nothing at all could be found, thus further strengthening the case against it. I personally don't really care if he was or wasn't, but as it is a lasting question about him, I would like to see a concrete answer. Also interesting would be access to his medical records, to check whether he had some sort of disease that would have caused him to be infertile. Of course, this kind of information may never be brought to light, but as I said it is a "wish" list.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Ilana on January 17, 2005, 01:24:12 PM
Sarai,

If only the man had left a paper trail!  However, there may be more now that the Russian archives are open... though it is hard to wade through the material, and, of course, a knowledge of Russian and the cooperation of the archivists would be good.  I know that a translation of his diaries is being done, but I wonder, what sort of diaries are these?  The ones that say 4pm go with Ella to the super market, played bezique, or are they the kind that are what we today think of as a diary???
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Sarai on January 17, 2005, 01:31:41 PM
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If only the man had left a paper trail!  However, there may be more now that the Russian archives are open... though it is hard to wade through the material, and, of course, a knowledge of Russian and the cooperation of the archivists would be good.  I know that a translation of his diaries is being done, but I wonder, what sort of diaries are these?  The ones that say 4pm go with Ella to the super market, played bezique, or are they the kind that are what we today think of as a diary???


Ilana,
Yes, it's unfortunate that there may not be a good paper trail to work with. I'm glad to know that a translation is being done of his diaries, but LOL, I know what you mean - I hope they aren't the rather mundane, few line entries that are so common of their diaries, but more personal and insightful entries such as those found in KR's wonderful diaries. I realize that diaries at that time, however, were meant to be more of a routine listing of daily events without much insight into the writer's feelings, unlike our own diaries today. Well, hopefully something worthwhile can be found in them, as well as perhaps in any letters that he left behind (letters of this era seem to offer more of a glimpse into the person's personality than diaries - certainly in the case of Nicholas this appears to be the case).
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Sarai on January 21, 2005, 02:50:47 PM
I would like to add to this list a book about Alix's early life, that first half of her life that she spent in Hesse-Darmstadt, before moving to Russia. We have all read so much of her life as wife, mother, and Empress, but I would love to read more about her as child/daughter and sister. Would love this book to be chock full of pictures following her from childhood growing up to be a beautiful young lady; her drawings, letters, and diary entries; her childhood homes; details of her trips, like to Harrogate for her spa therapy and her trip to Italy with Ernie; her brief role as G.D. of Hesse before Victoria Melita married her brother; and her relationship with her father. The book would end with the details of her rushed trip to Russia to accompany her fiance at his father's deathbed - the event marking the end of her carefree girlhood days. I would be just fascinated with a good book about the first half of Alix's life.

PS - Modified to add: Also information on her nannies, like "Orchie," and her role in society life, such as her first ball & subsequent events. And info. about her friends as well, such as Gretchen. I know there is a book about their relationship called Alix an Gretchen, but it is in German only.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Helen_Azar on January 21, 2005, 03:19:04 PM
Sarai, yes this is a great idea! I wonder of someone will do it some day and whether there would be a publisher who would be willing to accept this kind of an approach....
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Val289 on January 21, 2005, 03:21:46 PM
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Dear Sarai!

 I would love an entire new work on Alix altogether, in fact several ;) with especial focus on her life before becoming Empress, with diaries, social duties, family life, friends, photographs, sketches. And with this, other family members' letters to her, as daughter and sister..



Wonderful ideas Sarai, and elisa_1872!  I would also love to see a book on Alix with emphasis placed on her life before becoming Empress.  ;)
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Dasha on January 21, 2005, 03:47:19 PM
Sarai and Elisa_1872, wonderful ideas!  I too would be very happy to read a book on Alix that spoke of her early life and all the other things you mentioned/
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Rachael89 on May 21, 2006, 02:24:28 PM
Hi all

I was just wondering if people have a book they would love to read, but that is not written yet! And also can you think of a fictional sypnosis? Here's mine:

"Collected here for the first time are all of the testimonials connected to the murder and possible escape of the Romanov family, who wwere brutally murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918. These eye-witness testimonials, cross examined by Romanov expert Natysa Kaplinksy, shed new light onto the events, and highlight the many unanswered question and inconsisitencies surrounding the case."

I have seen the various testomonials etc. but never togther and never organised, for example it qould be great to see all of Yurosky's statements about the murder from the different times and see comparisons as to how they differ. It would also be nice to see the eye-witness testomonials of those convinced they saw Romanovs alive after July 16th 1918 and who had eveidence that the Bolheviks were hunting for a missing Grand Duchess etc. etc.

So have you got any ideas as to your dream Romanov book?

Rachael
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: s.v.markov on May 22, 2006, 07:25:52 AM
I wonder if you have seen the chapter 'Death in Ekaterinburg' in 'The Fall of the Romanovs' by Steinberg and Khrustalev (Yale 1995) ? It has long extracts from the record of the interrogation of Paul Medvedev (commander of the Ipatiev guard), Yurovsky's notes on the execution and concealment of the corpses (written 1920), and his 1934 account as given to a group of Bolsheviks. If you like primary records and documents, you'll love this book, which has hundreds of them, many translated from the original Russian for the first time, covering all members of the family, and all events up to the execution. All connected by a clear, accurate narrative. Only 'downer' is the captions to a few photos, which confuse the GD's (as often happens). Hope that helps ~ then you can write your own 'dream' book!
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Rachael89 on May 22, 2006, 09:34:53 AM
Hi there

Is it a rare book? I've looked on e-bay UK but can't find a copy! Unfortunately I wouldn't be able to get it even if I could find a copy, I wouldn't be able to get a copy because I've been buying loads of stuff on my dad's ebay account recently.

Best

Rachael
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: s.v.markov on May 22, 2006, 09:48:59 AM
No, I don't think it's rare, and I know quite a few people have got it (including Ra Ra). I'll look in my usual places and see if I can locate a copy.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: s.v.markov on May 22, 2006, 10:05:19 AM
If you go to abebooks.co.uk and enter the details, you'll find there are over 100 available, starting at about £1.50! If you narrow it down to UK bookshops, you'll find 14 copies starting at about £4.00. A real bargain !
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Ra-Ra-Rasputin on May 22, 2006, 10:07:58 AM
Hi! I do have this book, thanks markov!  ;D

I got mine used on amazon for about £6 I think, and it's a hardback.  Not rare at all.

I'll check amazon for you.

Hardback, starting from £5:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0300065574/qid=1148310066/sr=8-4/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i4_xgl/202-2418519-9421415

Paperback, starting from £4:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0300070675/qid=1148310066/sr=8-5/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i5_xgl/202-2418519-9421415

It really is an EXCELLENT book and I would recommend it 100%.  It's a fantastic resource and has so many original sources, many of which have only recently become available.  It includes copies of some of the actual original documents, so if you read Russian (which I don't) it's extra helpful, because you can do your own translations as well as reading the English ones provided.

The book is laid out in chapters, with a terrific, unbiased and very informative section by a historian dealing with the topic of the chapter, and then these narrative sections are followed by sources, in some chapters going into the hundreds, of original letters, minutes of meetings, telegrams, etc, that allow you to come to your own conclusions of what really happened.  It's a real top notch book, and something you must get if you're particularly interested in the events surrounding the abdication and imprisonment.

It has my very enthusiastic seal of approval!

Rachel
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Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Ra-Ra-Rasputin on May 22, 2006, 10:18:36 AM
Right now I shall actually answer the question the thread poses.  ;D

MY dream Romanov book would have key issues/stereotypes of the life of the Romanovs examined not from a contemporary perspective but from the memoirs of those who were actually there to see whether they picked up on the things we do now, and if they did, what they thought about it.

So, for example, the belief that the Tsarina was a domineering woman who told her husband what to do would then be examined with comparing and contrasting statements from memoirs of people like say, Sophie Buxhoeveden, Lili Dehn, Anna Vyubova, and also people who weren't close to court and can provide a different contemporary perspective, like perhaps Meriel Buchanan.  It would be fascinating for me to see how contemporary friends/enemies viewed the Romanovs and what their take was on things like Alexei's haemophilia, Alexandra's personality, etc.  So many of these memoirs are out of my price range, and to have parts of them in one place and compared with the memoirs of others would be wonderful.

Rachel
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Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: s.v.markov on May 22, 2006, 10:49:56 AM
Dreams do sometimes come true, Ra Ra......
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Ra-Ra-Rasputin on May 22, 2006, 11:00:45 AM
Indeed they do, indeed they do!  ;D

Hopefully sometime soon!

Rachel
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Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Margarita Markovna on May 22, 2006, 11:20:53 AM
My dream Romanov book would be something of a cross between Romanov Autumn and the Nicholas and Alexandra Family Albums. I like reading about the family itself and the people they were.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: OlgaNRomanovaFan on May 22, 2006, 11:27:16 AM
I would love a book that mixed the thorough and accurate research in books like Massie's 'Nicholas and Alexandra' and 'Nicholas and Alexandra:The Family Albums.' I would love it if I there was a book that featured OTMA more than in just one chapter or as a 'they were there too' sidenote.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: GDNastya on November 07, 2006, 01:23:30 PM
I would add to this list publication of Jewel Album of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Jewel Album of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna with drawings of all the jewelry they owned and recieved as gifts.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: GDNastya on November 07, 2006, 01:40:59 PM
Someone sould publish album showing all existing watercolours of  palaces of the Yusupovs, Stroganoffs, mansion of Baron Stieglitz and residences of other nobles.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Ilana on November 07, 2006, 02:38:45 PM
Insofar as as Alix's early life... I have put some in my book about VMH...
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Превед on December 31, 2013, 06:52:48 PM
My dream Romanov book would be "Учите русский язык с царицы" - "Learn Russian with a Tsarina Tsaritsa". Its aim would be to teach you Russian from the perspective of a foreign princess like Alexandra Fyodorovna marrying into the Romanov dynasty, so you can learn by reading about the part of Russian culture you're most interested in. What were the words she would encounter, what would be the words and phrases she needed to learn first?  It could start teaching you the alphabet in Дармштадт with one well-known word in a sentence in Russian, and the last page of the book is all in Russian. :-)
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Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: edubs31 on January 01, 2014, 09:35:01 AM
My dream Romanov book would be "Учите русский язык с царицы" - "Learn Russian with a Tsarina Tsaritsa". Its aim would be to teach you Russian from the perspective of a foreign princess like Alexandra Fyodorovna marrying into the Romanov dynasty, so you can learn by reading about the part of Russian culture you're most interested in. What were the words she would encounter, what would be the words and phrases she needed to learn first?  It could start teaching you the alphabet in Дармштадт with one well-known word in a sentence in Russian, and the last page of the book is all in Russian. :-)
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What a great idea. Count me in for purchasing a copy! Of course you might want to add a chapter a couple of chapters that center around getting to know a bit more about actual Russian culture and the concerns of ordinary citizens so as to avoid the fate of Alexandra. Something she never quite grasped.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Превед on January 01, 2014, 10:05:05 AM
I am delighted to hear that! I'd love to write it, I just have to learn Russian myself first :-) (I'm on my way, learning with online ressources and a Dano-Russian grammar from 1916 I've inherited.)
Yes, some insight into ordinary peoples' lives should also be included: And then the words есть (eat), щи (cabbage soup) and хлеб (bread) are much more important than красный угол (icon corner).  

My dream Romanov book would be "Учите русский язык с царицы" - "Learn Russian with a Tsarina Tsaritsa".
Oops.
One of the lessons would be that the preposition c (with) demands the instrumental case, so it should be " "Учите русский язык с царицей"! One of the mistakes Alexandra no doubt made! (царицы is in the genitive case and in Alexandra's native German both the genitive and the dative (here German's equivalent of Russian's instrumental case) are the same in this case: mit der Königin / Zarin.) But where and when would she need to use the archaïc title of царица? Perhaps when she would сказать (tell) the children a сказку (fairytale, story) and they would correct her Russian!

Lol, I think this book idea would be best as an e-book, where you could cheat by clicking on the Russian words to see their translation.
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Kalafrana on January 01, 2014, 12:06:50 PM
An excellent idea!! It will have to include chapters on things like train journeys, literary salons, mealtimes, going to church, balls etc.

Ann
Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Marie Valerie on March 31, 2014, 02:32:15 PM
Rosvall or Eurohistory should do picture albums of Miechen and the Mecklenburg-Romanov relations.

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Post by: katmaxoz on March 31, 2014, 06:18:25 PM
I'd love a book which covers court costume for both men and women in depth.  I would need to include things like

* translations of the actual regulations
* when the costume was to be worn and some coverage of various events
* the colours allocated to various ranks and members of the imperial family and their suites
* jewels associated with the dress - eg the various badges for maids and matrons of honour and information on when they were given out from the 18th century onwards. These date to at least Catherine the Great in use in the court.
* Information on court balls and coronations when this dress was seen at its best
* cloth and jewelled kosnicks (Cloth ones typically used for younger ladies and children)
* dressmakers and tailors to the court
* Court photographers - and when they were arranged to take formal photos of the imperial family dressed to be "royal"

This costume - along with the peasant dress it is supposed to somewhat ape are extremely distinctively Russian. I've seen bits of this information all over the place - and chunks of it in Russian that I can't read, but haven't seen it all in one book in english.
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Post by: Ally Kumari on April 01, 2014, 02:41:44 PM
Kathy I think if such book came into existence I would probably faint. I have too been longing for something of that sort!

As for my own "dream book", I would love it if there was sort of Romanov encyklopedia like Briggite Hamann wrote for Habsburgs (Die Habsburger. Ein biographisches Lexikon). Sort of an ultimate biography of the whole family.
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Post by: Maria Sisi on August 02, 2014, 05:45:30 PM
As for my own "dream book", I would love it if there was sort of Romanov encyklopedia like Briggite Hamann wrote for Habsburgs (Die Habsburger. Ein biographisches Lexikon). Sort of an ultimate biography of the whole family.

I looked up this book and I have to say I most definitely share this dream as well! It would really be amazing even if they only started at Nicholas I.


I would absolutely be thrilled if some author gave Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna their own "Love, Power and Tragedy" style book. Their story is just as amazing but there don't seem to be any books on them as a couple. The book would be an opportunity to write about Xenia, Michael and Olga as well.  

I also remember reading somewhere that Leppi Publications, who published "LP&T", was suppose to publish a book on Queen Alexandra and Empress Maria titled "Two Sisters" or something like that but it never materialized. That's too bad I really wish it had.
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Post by: Belochka on August 03, 2014, 01:47:22 AM


I would absolutely be thrilled if some author gave Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna their own "Love, Power and Tragedy" style book.

The biography that I wrote and had published in May 2014 relating to Alexander III is more about "Power, Tragedy and Love" if that suits your reading tastes.

The book does provide 223 photographs, some of which are unique to the publication.

Additional details and stores from where it may be purchased can be found in this Forum's Romanov book thread.

Margarita Nelipa
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Post by: Maria Sisi on August 03, 2014, 02:05:29 PM
The biography that I wrote and had published in May 2014 relating to Alexander III is more about "Power, Tragedy and Love" if that suits your reading tastes.

The book does provide 223 photographs, some of which are unique to the publication.

Additional details and stores from where it may be purchased can be found in this Forum's Romanov book thread.

Margarita Nelipa

I'm really exited to hear this. Your book has been on my Christmas list before it even came out, I'm praying its still available in December.

I really can't wait to read more of his own thoughts and words from his diaries and letters! The little I have read makes me even more excited.
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Post by: Belochka on August 04, 2014, 08:50:44 PM
The biography that I wrote and had published in May 2014 relating to Alexander III is more about "Power, Tragedy and Love" if that suits your reading tastes.

The book does provide 223 photographs, some of which are unique to the publication.

Additional details and stores from where it may be purchased can be found in this Forum's Romanov book thread.

I'm really exited to hear this. Your book has been on my Christmas list before it even came out, I'm praying its still available in December.

I really can't wait to read more of his own thoughts and words from his diaries and letters! The little I have read makes me even more excited.

I hope you shall succeed in acquiring a copy of my book!

Best regards,

Margarita Nelipa
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Post by: historyfan on August 04, 2014, 09:11:29 PM
I would love a comprehensive family tree of all royalty. In pull-out, poster size, if necessary.

Also: more Olga Alexandrovna.
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Post by: Nathan the Great on November 04, 2014, 08:57:26 PM
I would love it if someone wrote a book or books on the royal yacht standart, the royal trains, and the cameras the Imperial family used
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Post by: Marie Valerie on November 05, 2014, 08:59:01 AM
A book about the Princesses who became Grand Duchesses, "The Grand Duchesses" by Mr Beeche covers only G Ds by birth not by marriage...

I would like to know more about Mavra.

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Post by: Maria Sisi on November 05, 2014, 11:33:20 AM
A book about the Princesses who became Grand Duchesses, "The Grand Duchesses" by Mr Beeche covers only G Ds by birth not by marriage...

I would like to know more about Mavra.



In her photo album "Camera and the Tsars" Charlotte Zeepvat has a chapter dedicated to those who married into the dynasty.

It's only photos with captions but they gave just enough info to show that there are some really fascinating people who married into the family (and that doesn't include Maria Feodorovna or Maria Pavlovna)

A book as you suggest would be really fascinating!
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Post by: Ally Kumari on July 22, 2015, 04:40:39 AM
I would give my right arm for an English translation of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich´s diaries....
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Post by: brookeb499 on November 09, 2015, 06:09:39 PM
I am wondering if the last works of David C.Clarke who wrote : The Lost Fortune of the Tsars"....was his unfinished book published?If not I believe that would be a very good book to have for historys sake.
Even if he didn't finish it. I am sure it would be worthy of print. Mr. Clarke dedicated his entire life to the mystery's that surrounded the royal Romanov family. I for one loved reading his books and how well he
investigated ,researched,studied,and reached out to follow any and all leads where ever that would take him. I believe what he did was a masterpiece and should not be taken lightly.

I was very saddened when I learned of his death.I was just a newbie at reading and learning about the royal history of the Romanovs and felt quite inadequate to attempt to offer any type of opinion. I am still yet
a newbie regarding a complete understanding of the beautiful Romanov's and the beautiful Palaces,and a world  and era that would unexpectedly vanish.

I am currently trying to obtain a copy of his book: hidden Treasures of the Romanovs "Saving the Royal jewels". I hope sometime in the future  there might be a book discussion on it on the Alexander palace Time Machine.

Best Regards,
Brooke
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Post by: brookeb499 on November 09, 2015, 07:10:28 PM
I would also love to see a full book of photos.A beautifully done picture book,of the Royal Romanov Balls during the time of Tsar Nicholas II's reign. Each picture identified so we understand who is in the picture from time to time.
I would be curious to know more about the royal ball's social etiquette the guests traveling arrangements,did they go on the a specific train?Did they go on Tsar Nicholas's private train to the royal ball? The costume dress,and georgeous dresses, the royal tailors designing costumes for the  balls and the history.preperation,decorations,music, for the ball. So many spin offs you can only imagine what could be done book form or movie ot T.V.series.
on this topic.
 I would specifically like to see the ball of 1903 (I believe....that is correct). I also think it would make a beautiful and glamourous tv series sensation if it were done as well as Downton Abbey was. Would't it be
exciting if it could be done on location in exchange for cultural ,historic, exchange...It could actually be magnificent!!! Perhaps the government of Russia would see thisi with vision for what it could be to the historic
realm of Romanov fascination.
Bob Atichion.....promise if I have inspired you to dream as I am right now...I shall be invited to join the casting crew in some fashion.Photography,Costume design....or just dreamer.I am sure you have many people on the Alexander Palace Time Machine with extraordinary talents that would love to be apart of such an endeavor.

Brooke
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Post by: katmaxoz on November 13, 2015, 05:27:32 AM

 I would specifically like to see the ball of 1903 (I believe....that is correct). I also think it would make a beautiful and glamourous tv series sensation if it were done as well as Downton Abbey was. Would't it be
exciting if it could be done on location in exchange for cultural ,historic, exchange...It could actually be magnificent!!! Perhaps the government of Russia would see thisi with vision for what it could be to the historic

Brooke

Back in 2003 a book on this ball was actually published:

http://www.kingandwilson.com/1903CostumeBallBook/
http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/books.html?sku=73

and a copy for sale...
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=15149095203&searchurl=sts=t&tn=costume%20ball%20in%20the%20winter%20palace

It was always an expensive book and is very hard to find now. It has two volumes one of which has large size reproductions of photos of all the ball participants and a second volume of memoirs of the ball.  The only thing the book(s) really lack are photos of couples as each image is of an individual person.  At the same time as this book was published at least 2 different sets of loose postcards of photos from the book was also published, but these are also hard to get now.




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Post by: brookeb499 on November 13, 2015, 11:57:26 PM
I want to thank you Katmaxoz for the amazing links regarding "Costume Ball at the Winter Palace" by Russky Antiquariat. What an amazing endeavor and undertaking!!!!The thought of it
is breathtaking.The history with-in its pages filled with the magnificent beauty of another time.Beautiful jeweled dresses,traditions laced with fairytale like dreams that were once lived.
I believe that THIS, THIS would be the book that could be come a part of us today if it were brought to life. I hope that at this very moment as we speak of it,someone will see this,and
and seriously consider turning the Costume Ball into a T.V.series. Restage the beautiful ball and fill it with the intrigue of the royal relationships,woven into a beautiful tale....of another time.

Thank you again for your reply.I wonder if a library would be be able to obtain it so it could be seen?Do you know if copys are available at any specific library in the United States? Sometimes
they bring in rare books . They cannot leave the library.They can only be viewed there.I would love to see volume two.

Brooke
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Post by: katmaxoz on November 14, 2015, 12:26:25 AM

Thank you again for your reply.I wonder if a library would be be able to obtain it so it could be seen?Do you know if copys are available at any specific library in the United States? Sometimes
they bring in rare books . They cannot leave the library.They can only be viewed there.I would love to see volume two.

Brooke

I'm not in the USA - but if you have access to a university library its very probable they can get it.  I know Jacques Ferrands books are available in the USA library system and you can't get them where I live.  Take the information to your local library and have a conversation with the librarian. They will probably be happy to follow up on this and help if you ask....after that there's always the photocopy/xerox machine for use:)

Title: Re: Your dream Romanov book: ideas & requests for authors
Post by: Превед on November 14, 2015, 02:41:50 PM
I would be curious to know more about the royal ball's social etiquette the guests traveling arrangements,did they go on the a specific train?Did they go on Tsar Nicholas's private train to the royal ball? The costume dress,and georgeous dresses, the royal tailors designing costumes for the  balls and the history.preperation,decorations,music, for the ball. So many spin offs you can only imagine what could be done book form or movie ot T.V.series.
on this topic.
 I would specifically like to see the ball of 1903 (I believe....that is correct). I also think it would make a beautiful and glamourous tv series sensation if it were done as well as Downton Abbey was. Would't it be
exciting if it could be done on location in exchange for cultural ,historic, exchange...It could actually be magnificent!!! Perhaps the government of Russia would see thisi with vision for what it could be to the historic
realm of Romanov fascination.

Your dream movie has already been made: Русский ковчег - Russian Ark (2013)! A history of the Winter Palace come alive. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE2jRxToAjQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE2jRxToAjQ) The big ball scenes are in the last half.
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Post by: Превед on November 14, 2015, 03:23:00 PM
The thought of it is breathtaking.The history with-in its pages filled with the magnificent beauty of another time.Beautiful jeweled dresses,traditions laced with fairytale like dreams that were once lived. I believe that THIS, THIS would be the book that could be come a part of us today if it were brought to life.

Really? You certainly are a diehard romantic!
Do note the following about the 1903 Costume Ball:

- The costumes were designed as imitations of 17th century (pre-Petrine) Russian ones, from the first decades of the Romanov dynasty. In pre-Petrine Russia there were no court balls, as ladies at court lived and socialized more segregated from men.

- The costumes, especially for the ladies, are far too heavy and cumbersome to dance typical ball dances like waltz in. Was there any dancing at all in 1903? Perhaps slow and stately ones, like a polonaise, which was part of the Polish fashion export to Russia in the 17th century? (Compare the famous polonaise scene in the movie adaption of "Pan Tadeusz", recalling the last glories of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq-VmzcJa3Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq-VmzcJa3Y))

- The return to Muscovite "barbaric splendour" in the form of this 1903 ball can perhaps be seen as a forewarning of where Russia was heading because of NII's disastrous reign: Back to old Muscovite despotism, not just in fashion and form, but also in essence.
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Post by: katmaxoz on November 15, 2015, 02:30:30 PM
Here's a small contemporary article on the ball from a French magazine.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/2yzar1k.jpg)

http://i67.tinypic.com/2yzar1k.jpg

(http://i68.tinypic.com/11t8mkk.jpg)

http://i68.tinypic.com/11t8mkk.jpg

They did dance at the ball - here's a picture of one of the dances by Princess Yussupov

(http://i64.tinypic.com/9a6d8w.jpg)

http://i64.tinypic.com/9a6d8w.jpg



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Post by: Maria Sisi on January 07, 2016, 10:59:55 AM
A coffee table book on the Marrinsky Ballet pre-1917.

A social season in St Petersburg. Description of the parties and balls and a who's who in society.
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Post by: Queen_Missy on October 19, 2016, 02:39:22 PM
Books I'd like to see (not necessarily Romanov but Royal)
A biography of Ludwig IV of Hesse - Alix & Ella's father & son-in-law of Queen Victoria
Letters of Vicky & Fritz - both for themselves & as Wilhelm's parents