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Felix Yusupov is a figure I've long known about due to his links to the Imperial family and Rasputin, but I've just started reading his memoir Lost Splendour (after picking it up by chance in a charity shop) and I'm finding it an absolute delight. It's incredibly vivid and he has a real talent for communicating the sensory nature of his past experiences; his account is obviously very selective and romanticised, but I really don't mind in the slightest. As a work of imaginative autobiography it's extremely impressive and a completely gripping read that brings the places and people of the era to life in a way I've never come across before. I've read the memoirs of Maria Pavlovna (the younger) and Marie of Romania, and while they're both interesting they're simply not as gripping or visceral as Lost Splendour.

Can anyone recommend any other colourful memoirs along the lines of Lost Splendour? I'd be particularly interested in reading recollections of high society living in Russia prior to the last decades of the empire, going back to the 18th century.

(There was another thread on the book, but it hadn't been touched in nearly 10 years and I felt a new thread was probably appropriate!)

In mid-18th century Russia a house serf was usually addressed by a diminutive-derogatory form of his/her first name, eg: Van'ka instead of Ivan, Mashka instead of Maria, etc. When a master wished to show special respect to distinguished or talented servants, he might address them by their full first names: Ivan, Maria, etc. Another form of respectful address of elderly and distinguished servants was by their patronymics, eg Petrovich, Egorovna etc. Addressing servants by family names was very unusual at that time.

Thank you! That's a great answer and very helpful.

Thanks to you all for your responses  - I haven't been on this forum for a few years but it's great to come back and be met with such helpful replies!

While it's easy to find out the formal modes of address for royalty and nobles, it's quite difficult to find out how serfs/servants were addressed by people higher up the social ladder. Would they have been referred to by their name and patronymic, or by their first name only?

I'm asking because I'm writing a story set in mid-18th century Russia, and it features house serfs/servants quite prominently. I'd like to depict the power relations between them and their masters as faithfully as possible, so if anyone could advise on this topic I'd appreciate it.

It looks like it. It's a screencap of a recent BBC documentary on Victoria and Albert - I think they said it's a decoration on a cabinet. I think it contains miniature portraits of all the children.

Hopefully this is new to some...?

The Windsors / Re: Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Part IV
« on: March 24, 2010, 06:26:32 PM »
I haven;t posted in a long time, but thought I'd post this image from a documentary about Bertie that was recently on iplayer. Hopefully it's new to some...?

Having Fun! / Re: Non royalty colored pictures!
« on: February 03, 2009, 10:13:24 AM »
Nice photos everyone!

Here's the first one I have done in a while, Lauren Bacall:

I'm sorry to be OT, but I really didn't have any idea where else I could ask this. Can anyone here speak Russian? It's just that I aquired this book:

And would really like to know what it's about! I've scanned what I think is the title page, and if anyone could let me know what it says I would really appreciate it.

Having Fun! / Re: Rare pictures VII.
« on: October 20, 2008, 05:42:32 PM »
Here's a larger version of the photo of Alexei and the Hesse boys:

Peter Kurth's book is generally a very reliable source of information, it is very well researched and Kurth specifies his sources in the notes at the back. Even though it is now known that AA was not Anastasia, the book still makes compelling reading.  Just be careful when you're reading to consider that Kurth is obviously biased in Anna's favour, which can result in selectivity etc.

The book you need to be sceptical of is Anastasia: The Lost Princess by James Blair Lovell - it's a minefield of mis-information.

Good luck with your paper!

Having Fun! / Re: Non royalty colored pictures!
« on: October 20, 2008, 05:02:38 PM »
Rachel,your is just fantastic!

Got any tips? :)

Apologies for the belated reply, but if I have a tip it's this - experiment! I find it's always best to try out lots of diffirent shades and tones, I occasionally try out filters as well just to see of they can 'add anything' to an image.

Lovely stuff everyone!

David Bowie:

I find it a funny coincidence that Brittany Catherine has also posted a DB colourisation! Nice work by the way, the hat especially looks great!

Having Fun! / Re: Non royalty colored pictures!
« on: September 23, 2008, 06:34:57 AM »
Lovely photos everyone!

Agnetha Falkstog:

Having Fun! / Re: Non royalty colored pictures!
« on: September 21, 2008, 06:18:04 AM »
Thanks very much for the nice comments! They're really appreciated!

Ally - you're right, he certainly does look scary! He was supposed to though because at the time he was pretending to be an alien called Ziggy Stardust, it's all related to some thematically linked albums he was producing at the time. I'm a big fan of Bowie so I'm used to his various stage personas, but I remember being freaked out by Ziggy Stardust at first.

For the sake of people not familiar with Mr. Bowie, here's a slightly less intimidating photo of him (I was in a hurry so left the background uncoloured):

And one of the main cast of Bewitched:

I've also wondered the same thing about the colored photos on this page:

All three of them look familiar to me....

One of them (the one of Alix, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei having a picnic) is mine, I'm 99% certain anyway. It's quite surreal seeing it on amazon!

Having Fun! / Re: Non royalty colored pictures!
« on: September 20, 2008, 02:46:44 PM »

David Bowie.

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured pictures XXV.
« on: August 21, 2008, 05:59:15 PM »
i really like it Rachael, especially Olga.  :D

Thankyou very much! I really appreciate comments!

Here's a new one, Marie of Romania with her son, Carol:

Good pics everyone!

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