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Books and Films about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Topic started by: Dru on August 23, 2014, 03:13:57 AM

Title: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Dru on August 23, 2014, 03:13:57 AM
According to Helen Azar's Facebook page, Margarita Nelipa (Belochka) has a new book about Tsarevich Alexei, due out in 2015!  
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Post by: Belochka on August 25, 2014, 12:09:18 AM
Many thanks Dru for drawing the Forum's attention to my forthcoming book "ALEXEI: Russia's Last Imperial Heir, A Chronicle of Tragedy".

I would like to add that this book will cover the life of a privileged boy who expressed typical boyish behavior, his education, the tours with his father (as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief) during WWI and his progressive disease, which led at the end to his being carried down the stairs by his father to the basement in the Ipatiev House.

CHAPTER III discusses the alleged relationship between Grigorii Rasputin, the imperial family and Alexei by addressing the numerous misconceptions about their relationship that continue to be perpetuated.

Margarita Nelipa
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Post by: wakas on August 25, 2014, 07:22:00 AM
Seems very interesting. I'm looking forward to reading it.
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Post by: Belochka on September 03, 2014, 07:50:34 PM
Seems very interesting. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Thank you wakas!
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Helen_Azar on September 16, 2014, 03:47:17 PM
I am looking forward to it too!
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Post by: TimM on September 17, 2014, 08:11:47 AM
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I would like to add that this book will cover the life of a privileged boy who expressed typical boyish behavior, his education, the tours with his father (as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief) during WWI and his progressive disease, which led at the end to his being carried down the stairs by his father to the basement in the Ipatiev House.

You have to feel sorry for the poor kid.  He had a horrible disease that no one could cure, and they, at the age of 13, he's brutally murdered (along with his whole family, of course). 
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on October 06, 2014, 04:35:24 PM
Margarita

I have something you might want to look into according to the book "White Against Red" A bio of the White Leader General Denkin by D.V. Lehovich while at Stavka after he abdicated Nicholas changed his mind and gave his consent for Alexei to inherent the throne. The chief of Staff General M.V. Alekseev who got this letter didn't post it because it was to late.

Also Alexandra on a visit to Stavka made a impassioned plea to Alekseev for Rasputin to come and bless the troops. Alekseev refused and Alexandra walks off.

Alekseev who was chief of staff to the Tsar 1915-17 died in South Russia in 1918 according to the book "Between war and Revolution the Russian General Staff Febuary-JUly 1917 his diaries were put in the Russian Historical archive abroad or Russian Foreign Historical Archives in Prague Czechoslovakia post WW I. In 1945 they and other material were taken by the Soviets to Moscow. This included Denikin's private papers and the information used by S.D. Melovnov  for "The Red Terror in Russia".  I don't know if you can get Alekseev diaries and papers or even if they still exhist. They might be of help for you writing this book or even a future book or books on this period. I have read that no one has written a bio of Alekseev. I hope this of some use or interest.
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Belochka on October 15, 2014, 07:29:19 AM

I have something you might want to look into according to the book "White Against Red" A bio of the White Leader General Denkin by D.V. Lehovich while at Stavka after he abdicated Nicholas changed his mind and gave his consent for Alexei to inherent the throne. The chief of Staff General M.V. Alekseev who got this letter didn't post it because it was to late.

Many thanks for bringing this matter to my attention! However, I am aware of the letter and have already discussed it in my manuscript.

FYI, it is not so much the date of the letter, but the fact that General Alexeev did not wish to take notice of the communication that was penned by this particular low ranked army officer (Romanov).

Margarita
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Belochka on November 03, 2014, 06:40:47 PM
Just to keep you all up to date, I am now revising the last CHAPTER and hope to complete the manuscript shortly.

This book will seek to tell the full story about Alexei's short yet tragic life. It encompasses his private world and also focuses on his experiences at the Front during WWI.

It is intended that this will be a fresh portrait about the actual events that transpired during the family's captivity at the Alexandrovskii Palace as well as in Tobolsk (which are largely overlooked) and finally in Ekaterinburg.

Effectively this work will be a wide-ranging discussion that concerns the imperial family's last years that relies heavily on Russian sources of the times.

Margarita Nelipa
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 31, 2014, 03:59:54 PM
I will read your books on Alexander III and Alexei one day. On the Nicholas II section of this site I have a posting of the Tsar's air defense. If you have any aircraft related questions just ask me. Nicholas and Alexei did visit the seaplane base at Sevastopol on 13/26 May 1916 where a number of pictures were taken. In a number of pictures of the Sevastopol visit there is a tall man with a white beard in a Khaki uniform in the background. That is the Naval Minister Ivan K Grigorovich. I hope this is of some use or interest.
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Belochka on January 03, 2015, 05:32:27 PM
I will read your books on Alexander III and Alexei one day. On the Nicholas II section of this site I have a posting of the Tsar's air defense. If you have any aircraft related questions just ask me. Nicholas and Alexei did visit the seaplane base at Sevastopol on 13/26 May 1916 where a number of pictures were taken. In a number of pictures of the Sevastopol visit there is a tall man with a white beard in a Khaki uniform in the background. That is the Naval Minister Ivan K Grigorovich. I hope this is of some use or interest.

Hoping that you shall take the opportunity to read my two earlier books! Thank you in advance.

I have already included a photograph of Alexei's visit to the Sevastopol Naval Base, where he looks at a hydroplane with his father. I must admit that I failed to note that Grigorovich was also in that photograph. Thank you for letting me know!

Best regards,

Margarita Nelipa
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 06, 2015, 06:40:17 PM
I am glad to be of help. The hydroplanes/seaplanes I have seen in the pictures are Shetinin or Grigorvich M9s or possibly some M5s. Note I don't think the aircraft designer Grigorvich was related to the Naval Minister of the same name.
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Kassafrass on January 07, 2015, 01:49:39 PM
Looking forward to getting my hands on this one. It'll go nicely next to his "Four Sisters" on my shelf... :)
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Post by: Belochka on January 08, 2015, 05:47:06 PM
Looking forward to getting my hands on this one. It'll go nicely next to his "Four Sisters" on my shelf... :)

Thank you!
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Post by: Belochka on January 08, 2015, 05:53:02 PM
Confirming that I have completed and submitted the manuscript concerning Tsesarevich Alexei!

It will appear in the next few months, once Paul Gilbert completes all the necessary tasks involved in preparing it for publication.

Thank you all for your interest and remarks,

Margarita Nelipa
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Post by: HeatherMcH on January 08, 2015, 09:19:04 PM
I will look forward to the publication of this book.  I've recently become interested in Imperial Russia, and this book sounds like a must read.
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Belochka on February 13, 2015, 06:05:12 PM
Here is the latest news about my forthcoming book that appeared on Paul Gilbert's site:

"Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolayevich, is the subject of Margarita Nelipa's newest book, to be published by Gilbert's Books in May 2015. Alexei: Russia’s Last Imperial Heir, A Chronicle of Tragedy is the first comprehensive biography in English about Emperor Nikolai II’s only son, and Russia’s last imperial heir who was born during wartime and died during Russia’s revolutionary upheaval. She examines all the interconnecting political and social issues that prevailed during the Tsesarevich’s lifetime. 

From the first day of his birth to his last hour, Alexei’s medical crises weave throughout the book. The inherited ailment affected his behavior and influenced the education he received. Using medical data, Nelipa exposes the truth about Rasputin’s telegrams that purportedly alleviated Alexei’s near fatal condition in Spala in 1912. Despite his hemophilia, Nelipa discovered that Alexei, like all Romanov males, did have a planned military career and yet the malady swayed Nikolai II to also abdicate on his son’s behalf. 

During his lifetime, Alexei participated in several momentous national events, including the centenary of the Battle at Borodino in 1912 and the Romanov Tercentenary in 1913. Accompanying his father, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Alexei witnessed several theaters of war during 1915-16. Though he, like his sisters did not witness the revolutionary conflict on the streets of Petrograd or Tsarskoe Selo, he did suffer the consequences of his father’s downfall – firstly as a prisoner of the Provisional Government and after that, by the Leninist Regime. Supported by documentary evidence, Nelipa explains why the Provisional Government forced the imperial family into exile. Nowhere else can one read the full harrowing account of the imperial family’s life in Siberia that began with their detention in Tobolsk. It is impossible not to develop compassion for Alexei, who towards the end of his short life, unable to walk, died in a cellar because of who he was. The story of the family’s exile reveals a close loving family who focused on Alexei’s well-being despite the hardships imposed on all of them by the revolutionary forces.

Nelipa once again relies on Russian primary sources which include diaries, letters, wartime and official government and military documents as well as memoirs and newspapers of the day besides Alexei’s own set of letters and diary all translated by the author. Extensive annotations, several appendices and some 400 illustrations add strength to this work. A year-by-year portrait study also offers a fresh dimension to this biography of Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolayevich – Russia’s last imperial heir.

Margarita Nelipa is a historian of Russian heritage with medical and legal training. Her previous books, Alexander III: His Life and Reign (2014) and The Murder of Grigorii Rasputin, A Conspiracy that Brought Down the Russian Empire (2010), are also published by Gilbert's Books, the publishing division of Royal Russia. Reprints of both of these titles are planned for release in the Spring of 2015. She is also resident writer for the bi-annual publication, Royal Russia: A Celebration of the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russia."

See: http://www.angelfire.com/pa/ImperialRussian/blog/index.blog/1463346/alexei-russias-last-imperial-heir-a-chronicle-of-tragedy/

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Post by: Vive_HIH_Aleksey on March 15, 2015, 06:19:58 AM
AHHHHH! OMG I am SO happy to hear this!!!!! I've been waiting for this kind of book focusing on Aleksei for a VERY long time. I'm definitely going to buy it as soon as it's out, if it's not out already. <3 THANK YOU HELEN! *weeps tears of joy... no kidding, eyes are welled up* Aleksei is a tremendous inspirational figure in my life. I care for him deeply, and although I feel like I know him, this book will give me a real glimpse into his soul. This means the world to me. Thank you.
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Belochka on May 19, 2015, 07:05:38 PM
AHHHHH! OMG I am SO happy to hear this!!!!! I've been waiting for this kind of book focusing on Aleksei for a VERY long time. I'm definitely going to buy it as soon as it's out, if it's not out already. <3 THANK YOU HELEN! *

Actually, the authorship is mine.

Margarita Nelipa
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Post by: Belochka on May 19, 2015, 07:12:49 PM
UPDATE

This will be a slight delay in the publication of my book "Alexei: Russia’s Last Imperial Heir, A Chronicle of Tragedy".

Paul Gilbert will now publish it in July 2015.

Margarita Nelipa
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Kassafrass on May 21, 2015, 11:20:52 AM
July is a fitting time as far as Romanov books go. Not too long before Alexei's birthday, either.
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Post by: Vive_HIH_Aleksey on May 24, 2015, 12:33:47 AM
Sorry about that, regardless I am really excited and look forward to it. With the way I have to view this site due to my disability it's hard to tell who posted what and somehow I missed the author name. Congratulations at any rate! Again, I really look forward to it. It will really give me not just a glimpse, but a panorama, into the world Aleksei lived in.
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Post by: Belochka on May 28, 2015, 07:31:45 PM
July is a fitting time as far as Romanov books go. Not too long before Alexei's birthday, either.

Yes, the timing is rather appropriate.

Margarita
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Belochka on May 28, 2015, 07:33:41 PM
Sorry about that, regardless I am really excited and look forward to it. With the way I have to view this site due to my disability it's hard to tell who posted what and somehow I missed the author name. Congratulations at any rate! Again, I really look forward to it. It will really give me not just a glimpse, but a panorama, into the world Aleksei lived in.

Thank you! I hope that you will enjoy reading my book as soon as it appears on the market.

Best regards,

Margarita Nelipa
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Belochka on July 29, 2015, 07:56:26 AM
UPDATE

Here is the latest news regarding my book "Alexei: Russia’s Last Imperial Heir, A Chronicle of Tragedy" from my publisher, Paul Gilbert ...

See: http://www.angelfire.com/pa/ImperialRussian/royalrussiabookshop/main.html

Only a few more weeks left to wait!

Margarita Nelipa
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Post by: Belochka on August 12, 2015, 07:32:12 PM
The latest news (today) from my publisher, Paul Gilbert:

"Born on this day in 1904 [O.S. 30 July] was Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich, the only son of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, last heir to the Russian throne.

Alexei is the subject of a new book by Romanov historian, Margarita Nelipa, to be published later this month by Gilbert's Books - the publishing division of Royal Russia.

'Alexei: Russia’s Last Imperial Heir, A Chronicle of Tragedy' is the first comprehensive biography in English of Russia's last imperial heir, who was born during wartime and died during Russia’s revolutionary upheaval. She examines all the interconnecting political and social issues that prevailed during the Tsesarevich’s lifetime.

For more information on this forthcoming title, please refer to the following link":

See: http://www.angelfire.com/pa/ImperialRussian/blog/index.blog/1463346/alexei-russias-last-imperial-heir-a-chronicle-of-tragedy/
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Post by: Ally Kumari on August 13, 2015, 02:33:20 AM
Hoogstraten lists 21st August as the day the book should be in their stock. I am waiting only for that! :-)
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Post by: Belochka on August 14, 2015, 07:04:20 PM
Hoogstraten lists 21st August as the day the book should be in their stock. I am waiting only for that! :-)

Thanks for your enthusiasm! I sincerely hope that this book will be available in the next few weeks.

Best regards,

Margarita Nelipa
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Post by: Ally Kumari on August 21, 2015, 04:37:44 AM
I was just amazed by your work on your previous two books. The ammount of information and detail was just incredible, and I am sure you put as much effort into this book as well!

Urgh. So I checked Hoogstraten today and apparently "This product will be in stock on Thursday 24 September, 2015'". What a bummer! But I´m sure the wait will be worth it.
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Post by: Belochka on September 02, 2015, 01:25:07 AM
I was just amazed by your work on your previous two books. The ammount of information and detail was just incredible, and I am sure you put as much effort into this book as well!

Urgh. So I checked Hoogstraten today and apparently "This product will be in stock on Thursday 24 September, 2015'". What a bummer! But I´m sure the wait will be worth it.

I am thrilled that you enjoyed reading my two previous books and appreciated the effort I put into each. Thank you!

Perhaps you may consider giving your feedback on the U. S. amazon site?

I am assured that Alexei's biography will become available later this month, in September. The good news is that it is being printed now.

Best regards,

Margarita Nelipa
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Post by: Belochka on September 06, 2015, 07:42:56 PM
Delighted to announce that copies of "Alexei: Russia's Last Imperial Heir, A Chronicle of Tragedy" will be available for purchase, in the first instance from the Royal Russia Bookshop, beginning Monday, 21 September.

Other venues - Amazon (Courtyard Books), van Hoogstraten (in the Hague) and Librairie Galignani (in Paris) will offer my book soon afterwards.

Margarita Nelipa

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Post by: nena on September 07, 2015, 12:27:12 PM
That's amazing, Belochka! Congrats!

Btw, do you know when the photo of Aleksei and Joy was taken? I suppose it's Tsarskoe but I can't tell for sure about the year.
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Post by: Belochka on September 09, 2015, 07:01:05 PM
That's amazing, Belochka! Congrats!

Btw, do you know when the photo of Aleksei and Joy was taken? I suppose it's Tsarskoe but I can't tell for sure about the year.

Thanks nena!

The photo on the cover of my book was indeed taken at Tsarskoe Selo.

Best regards,

Margarita
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Post by: Georgiy on September 19, 2015, 04:52:10 AM
Publishing on the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos! Well done!
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 26, 2015, 10:00:17 AM
The photo was taken post October 1915 note the medal he is wearing. I think it may have been taken post abdication.
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Post by: Ally Kumari on October 06, 2015, 04:30:07 AM
I was just amazed by your work on your previous two books. The ammount of information and detail was just incredible, and I am sure you put as much effort into this book as well!

Urgh. So I checked Hoogstraten today and apparently "This product will be in stock on Thursday 24 September, 2015'". What a bummer! But I´m sure the wait will be worth it.

I am thrilled that you enjoyed reading my two previous books and appreciated the effort I put into each. Thank you!

Perhaps you may consider giving your feedback on the U. S. amazon site?

I am assured that Alexei's biography will become available later this month, in September. The good news is that it is being printed now.

Best regards,

Margarita Nelipa

I would love to write a review for Amazon, however one has to have ordered book from them for a certain ammount before it is allowed to write reviews. I have never ordered a book from Amazon, mostly because the shipping they provide is just awfully pricy.

Meanwhile I have just ordered "Alexei" from Hoogstraten! Cannot wait for it to arrive!
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Post by: Belochka on October 13, 2015, 06:10:57 PM
I was just amazed by your work on your previous two books. The ammount of information and detail was just incredible, and I am sure you put as much effort into this book as well!

Urgh. So I checked Hoogstraten today and apparently "This product will be in stock on Thursday 24 September, 2015'". What a bummer! But I´m sure the wait will be worth it.

I am thrilled that you enjoyed reading my two previous books and appreciated the effort I put into each. Thank you!

Perhaps you may consider giving your feedback on the U. S. amazon site?

I am assured that Alexei's biography will become available later this month, in September. The good news is that it is being printed now.

Best regards,

Margarita Nelipa

I would love to write a review for Amazon, however one has to have ordered book from them for a certain ammount before it is allowed to write reviews. I have never ordered a book from Amazon, mostly because the shipping they provide is just awfully pricy.

Meanwhile I have just ordered "Alexei" from Hoogstraten! Cannot wait for it to arrive!

Many thanks! Hope you shall enjoy reading this rather special book!

Regards,

Margarita
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Post by: Belochka on October 19, 2015, 07:35:57 PM
Great news ...from today my book is now also available from Amazon:

See: http://www.amazon.com/Alexei-Russias-Last-Imperial-Heir/dp/1927604125/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445301150&sr=1-5&keywords=Margarita+Nelipa
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Post by: Georgiy on October 20, 2015, 05:06:16 AM
My copy arrived today. Looking forward to reading this!
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Post by: Belochka on October 21, 2015, 05:55:16 PM
My copy arrived today. Looking forward to reading this!

What good news Georgiy! I hope that you shall enjoy reading this book.

I welcome your feedback once you have finished reading it.

Best regards,

Margarita
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Ally Kumari on October 23, 2015, 10:57:23 AM
I started reading this today, and although it is a nitpick, I though I would post it: On page 4 the author writes that Nicholas I, born in 1796, was the last child of his parents, but in fact he was second to last, followed by Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich in 1798.
Title: Re: Alexei - Russia's Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
Post by: Belochka on October 25, 2015, 12:47:04 AM
I started reading this today, and although it is a nitpick, I though I would post it: On page 4 the author writes that Nicholas I, born in 1796, was the last child of his parents, but in fact he was second to last, followed by Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich in 1798.

You are perfectly correct! Thanks for identifying the error.
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Post by: Ally Kumari on October 31, 2015, 05:15:58 AM
Continuing my reading, although I am ill and busy. Thank you for wonderful details about Alexei´s wetnurses, they were completely unknown to me!

Just a small note again: I noticed that the names of Montenegrin Princesses are sometimes spelt a bit differently: there are both "Anastasia" and "Anastasiya" in the text, and also "Militsa" as well as "Milica".

I also have a question: Was´t Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna one of Alexei´s godmothers? You do not enlist her, but for example Sophie Buxhoeveden writes in her book that: "Olga Nicolaevna, then nine years old, being in the important position ofone of the godmothers". I have read the same in several other publications, though they probably took their info from Buxhoeveden.
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Post by: Kitt on November 02, 2015, 04:46:53 PM
I am reading Alexei now.  I was trying to save it for my Thanksgiving read, but just couldn't hold back!  The section on the Spala crisis was amazing. So unlike anything that I've read.  Congratulations for such an interesting book. Someday, I'll find a copy of your Rasputin.                                                                           All the best,  Kitt
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Post by: Belochka on November 02, 2015, 07:27:48 PM
Continuing my reading, although I am ill and busy. Thank you for wonderful details about Alexei´s wetnurses, they were completely unknown to me!

I also have a question: Was´t Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna one of Alexei´s godmothers? You do not enlist her, but for example Sophie Buxhoeveden writes in her book that: "Olga Nicolaevna, then nine years old, being in the important position ofone of the godmothers". I have read the same in several other publications, though they probably took their info from Buxhoeveden.

Buxhoeveden was mistaken (and apparently other authors followed her lead). Though Olga witnessed her brother's baptism, she had no specific function during the ceremony.

Nikolai II certainly would have mentioned this detail in his diary, but he did not other than to note that Olga was present.

Glad you are enjoying this book!

Margarita
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Post by: Belochka on November 02, 2015, 07:36:24 PM
I am reading Alexei now.  I was trying to save it for my Thanksgiving read, but just couldn't hold back!  The section on the Spala crisis was amazing. So unlike anything that I've read.  Congratulations for such an interesting book. Someday, I'll find a copy of your Rasputin.                                                                           All the best,  Kitt

Thank you for letting me know Kitt!

Best regards,

Margarita
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Post by: Geniebeanie on December 13, 2015, 06:40:51 PM
Will this book ever be available on the kindle?
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Post by: Marie Valerie on December 15, 2015, 01:56:53 PM
I've just ordered "Alexei" and "Alexander III" from Paul Gilbert.
Now I have to be patient, the shipping takes 6-12 weeks...
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Post by: Belochka on December 17, 2015, 05:36:28 PM
Will this book ever be available on the kindle?

Always a possibility down the track, but at this stage the softback edition must prevail.

Thanks for your interest,

Margarita
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Post by: Belochka on December 17, 2015, 05:39:26 PM
I've just ordered "Alexei" and "Alexander III" from Paul Gilbert.
Now I have to be patient, the shipping takes 6-12 weeks...

Much appreciated!

Despite the lengthy wait I hope that you will enjoy both books once they arrive.

Best regards,

Margarita
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Post by: Marie Valerie on December 18, 2015, 01:17:26 AM
Margarita,

so I've got something to look forward for 2016!

I think after Rasputin, Alexander III & Alexei your next Book should Cover a Romanov woman...

Alexandra Iossifovna or Mavra would be awesome.... so little is known about them.

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Post by: Belochka on December 22, 2015, 07:28:23 PM
Margarita,

so I've got something to look forward for 2016!

I think after Rasputin, Alexander III & Alexei your next Book should Cover a Romanov woman...

Alexandra Iossifovna or Mavra would be awesome.... so little is known about them.

Hmm, thanks for your suggestions Marie Valerie.

Best regards,

Margarita
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Post by: amelia on December 22, 2015, 08:38:44 PM
Margarita,
Alexandra Iosofovna would be wonderful.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Eva McDonald
(Amelia)
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Post by: Ally Kumari on December 23, 2015, 01:01:01 AM
Oh I concur! Alexandra Iosifovna would be great - or really anyone from the Konstantinovichi!
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Post by: Geniebeanie on December 25, 2015, 03:14:42 PM
Please release the book on Amazon's Kindle.
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Post by: Belochka on December 27, 2015, 06:10:50 PM
Margarita,
Alexandra Iosofovna would be wonderful.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Eva McDonald
(Amelia)

Many thanks for your good wishes and suggestion.

Hope you had a good Christmas!

Regards,

Margarita
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Post by: Belochka on December 27, 2015, 06:12:28 PM
Oh I concur! Alexandra Iosifovna would be great - or really anyone from the Konstantinovichi!

Suggestions are welcomed! Thank you.

Regards,

Margarita
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Post by: Belochka on December 27, 2015, 06:13:37 PM
Please release the book on Amazon's Kindle.

Always a possibility down the track.

Regards,

Margarita
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Post by: Kalafrana on December 28, 2015, 12:10:36 AM
How about Dimitri Pavlovich? It's high time someone did a biography.

Ann
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Post by: Belochka on January 01, 2016, 05:36:35 PM
How about Dimitri Pavlovich? It's high time someone did a biography.

Ann

After writing about his involvement in Grigorii Rasputin's murder in my first book, Dmitri may be worth further consideration.

Thank you for this thought Ann!

Regards,

Margarita
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 03, 2016, 07:30:28 PM
A topic you might want to do a book on is the Soviet hunt for Alexandra's jewelry that she hid in Siberia. it was worth Billions in todays currency and may have been a big help for the Soviet state.
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Post by: Belochka on January 22, 2016, 04:52:57 PM
I thought that some of you would enjoy seeing the latest Amazon feedback concerning this book:

"This is an excellent book! It fills in so much of the details of the short life of Alexei, the tsarevich of Russia who was murdered with his whole family. I have read other of,this author's books and as with those, this one is meticulously researched and is set out in a very readable book. If you are someone with an interest in the last Imperial Family of Russia - this book is a must read! I learned so much about the short life of this rather extraordinary young boy who was so very loved by his family."

Thank you "Puamohala" for your fabulous review!
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Post by: Geniebeanie on April 07, 2016, 01:07:21 PM
Will it ever be on the kindle?  I can not find this book anywhere.  One guy had it on Amazon, ordered it.  After waiting for two months got a refund.  He said he oversold the book.  Where is the book available.
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Post by: Belochka on April 07, 2016, 07:18:23 PM
Will it ever be on the kindle?  I can not find this book anywhere.  One guy had it on Amazon, ordered it.  After waiting for two months got a refund.  He said he oversold the book.  Where is the book available.

Hi there.

The book is currently available on Amazon through Courtyard Books:

See: http://www.amazon.com/Alexei-Russias-Last-Imperial-Heir/dp/1927604125/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445301150&sr=1-5&keywords=Margarita+Nelipa

Many thanks for your interest. I hope that you shall succeed in acquiring your copy of the book.

Best regards,

Margarita
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on March 05, 2018, 10:54:04 AM
I just recently finished reading this book and found it to be both well researched, informative and fine reading. and now for the errata:

Page 305 you mention Prince Lvov talking with Nagornii in prison. There are accounts that say Lvov was never in prison with nagornii

Russian Imperial navy problems Maragarita you need to contact George M Nekrasov, An Australian of Russian decent who wrties books on the Russian Imperial navy for advise:
Page 1 Petropavlovsk and page 59 Sevastopol were Battleships not destroyers

page 180 the Prut was not a French Hospital cruiser. it was the Turkish light cruiser Medschidiye made in the US. On 3 April 1915 it hit a Russian mine off Odessa and sank in shallow water the Turks abandoned the ship. The Russians salvaged the ship and put it into service in their navy renamed Prut.

page 185 the Dereckii was a destroyer not a torpedo carrier

The wreck of the battleship Petropavlovsk was located a few years ago. the book "Tide at Sunrise" has an account of its sinking grand Duke Cyril V was one of the survivors. his brother Boris watched the ship blow up and sink from shore and fainted!

page 138 you mention Alexie's Peugeot bebe car was destroyed in a 1942 bombing raid where the Leningrad Pioneer Palace was hit. if you can find the date I might be able to identify the unit responsible.

Rank:
Efreitor senior private
Kornet cavalry 2Lt
sailor 2nd rank ordinary seaman
sailor 1st rank able seaman
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on March 07, 2018, 04:40:44 PM
Adolphe Kergesse who was in charge of the Tsar's garage the book mentions trucks snow gear and auto-sani or car sleds. in looking at his wiki bio these are half-tracks tracks instead of the rear wheels and skis under the front tires his wiki bio has some pictures of 2 of Lenin's Rolls Royces.
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Post by: Forum Admin on March 07, 2018, 06:05:38 PM
Lenin's Rolls Royce cars were not from the Imperial Garage. Nicholas II's three RR Silver Ghosts were kept in the Livadia garage, there were none in the Tsarskoe Selo garages.
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Post by: Belochka on March 10, 2018, 05:58:49 AM
I just recently finished reading this book and found it to be both well researched, informative and fine reading. and now for the errata:


I am glad you enjoyed my book and thank you for your for the list of errata.

Other than the year, I do not have the exact date when the Leningrad Pioneer Palace was bombed.

Regards,

Margarita Nelipa
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on March 12, 2018, 09:08:51 AM
Thanks Margarita.

On Lenin's 2 Rolls-Royces that are still around in museums one he got from a unknown Russian Prince? There is a company called Reviresco that makes a model of it see tinsoldier.com in both summer and winter configurations. The other one he bought in 1922. Plastic soldier review .com say there was a company named Atlantic that made a set of figures from the Russian Revolution period that included a figure of Lenin. I think I read somewhere Lenin did use Nicholas IIs Delauny-Bellville for awhile.
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Post by: Kalafrana on March 12, 2018, 03:02:19 PM
According to Princess Paley, the car used to transport Lenin from the Finland Station when he arrived there from the sealed train had previously belonged to Grand Duke Paul. However, she doesn't say what make it was.

Ann
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on March 15, 2019, 09:02:29 PM
On the Pioneer Palace being bombed in 1942 where Alexei's car being destroyed mentioned in my above reply. I made a post on the Axis History Forum, Soviet Union at War 1917-1945 and the reply has the Engineer or Mikhailovsky Palace being bombed on 4 April 1942. There is a picture of the damage.  During the 4-30 April 1942 period the Germans conducted Operation Eisstoss to destroy the Soviet Baltic Fleet. Kampgeswader 1 flying Junkers ju 88s and Kampgeswader 4 flying Heinkel He 111s took part in this operation and most likely an aircraft from one of these units scored the bomb hit on the Palace.