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The Imperial Family / The publication of diaries and letters
« on: August 02, 2018, 04:57:26 AM »
Hi all! I was wondering if any of you knew that dates that the diaries and letters of the last imperial family were published (both in the East, and more specifically, in the West). Those I'm particularly interested in are-

1. Nicholas' diaries
2. Tsar's letters to the Tsarina
3. Complete wartime correspondence
4. Alix's diary (although it may only be the 1918 diary which has been published in full)?
4. The children's diaries/ letters (although I'm aware that these are few and far between)

I was under the impression that the Tsar's letters to the Tsarina were published relatively early, in the 1920s or 1930s, although I may be wrong, and thought that the complete wartime correspondence wasn't published until after the fall of the USSR (although again, I ask for confirmation here because I'm not sure! haha)

Please if anyone can help please let me know when these texts were first published!

Many many thanks!

Hi there,

Both during her own lifetime, and certainly in the years since 1918, Alexandra has endured a strange afterlife, one which is often distorted, exaggerating the popular rumour of her own time and creating the image of a hysterical and unbalanced woman which in popular imagination at least, much more closely resembles caricature than reality.

I was wondering your thoughts on the reasons for Alexandra having taken on these images in historical memory.

To what extent has she been reshaped by the propaganda and popular rumour of the revolutionary and soviet period?
How deeply help are these ideas about her?
Why has she come under what appears to be a much much scathing judgement than Nicholas?

Moreover, can any of you think of ruling women who have undergone a similar process.
For example, Marie Antoinette has come to represent the lavish ignorance of the French Court far more regularly than her husband, and who continues to exist in the popular imagination through these images of lavishness and ignorance.

Why has Alexandra been remembered in these ways, which often in comparison to her male counterparts seem excessively scathing?
And which other ruling/ royal woman have been remembered similarly?


Hi there!

I was wondering whether anyone could suggest books on the Romanovs, or general Imperial Russian history that are in Russian. I'm not really looking for work that has been published in both English and Russian, but rather work that has been published by Russian historians in the Russian language and has not been published in translation, as I know that there is a good amount of recent publication on the subject in Russian, but am not sure where to start or what people would recommend!

Similarly, any work that has been published in French on the subject would be equally helpful if anyone has any suggestions, or knows where I could find some!


Nicholas II / The Last of the Tsars by Robert Service- thoughts.
« on: February 25, 2017, 06:21:57 AM »
This is something I've been hearing a lot about recently, especially with the rush of books that seem to have been released to mark 100 years from the 1917 Revolution, and I was wondering your thoughts on the work. I haven't got round to it myself yet, as I'm currently under a pile of other Romanov related reading, and couldn't find a mention elsewhere on here of the book. Critics seem to have received it well, particularly for its extensive research. Thoughts from any of those who had read/ are reading it, or have it on their list?

Nicholas II / Nicholas's Height
« on: June 21, 2012, 08:47:34 AM »
Okay i'm really sorry if this is already a topic and i'm sure its been mentioned somewhere else on various occasions, but i was having a conversation with someone today who was insistant that Nicholas was 5'3 and i was pretty sure that he was about 5'7, as i mean..surely the height difference between him and alix to say the least would have been far greater. i know that they would "adjust" heights slightly in photos but i'm fairly certain that even for a conservative estimate 5'3 is far too short. He would have been DRASTICALLY shorter than alix and the children. I had a quick research and it keeps coming up with 5'7 which is what i thought but i wondered if anyone could verify that or correct me of course if i'm wrong! :)
thanks! :)

Alexandra Feodorovna / Alexandra's influence on Russia after her death
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:03:58 PM »
I'm beginning a piece of research and i thought i'd ask for help on this section, my thought here is that Alexandra's infuence over Nicholas in her life, and the way that (imo) she directly and sometimes indirectly was a major cause of the revolution meant that therefore the communist changes that took place in Russia were linked to her own infuence, therefore i'd like to know your thoughts on Alexandra's influence on Russian politics perhaps after her death and into the years of the soviet union and the way that her legacy prevailed.


Rasputin / Rasputin and Alexandra
« on: August 02, 2011, 05:04:20 PM »
ok, so i know these two must have been mentioned on about a million threads, but i was thinking.....
i have no doubt in my mind that nothing ever happened between alix and rasputin, i am 100% filled with certainty that not only was her fidelity to nicholas complete but also that he would have never been stupid enough to try anything.
but just for the sake of it, if alix, for instance during a state of hysteria had somehow initiated a situation..........would he have even responded to it? i mean there are all of the rumours (and facts) that he adored female company, but if a situation had of been provoked.......
i think he quite enjoyed the gossip in st petersburg that something was going on..but in reality?sorry please point me in the direction of a thread if i've missed one similar to this, but i couldn't see one

Having Fun! / Imperial handwriting graphology
« on: November 29, 2010, 12:15:26 PM »
hey, just wandered if this had ever been brought up, i was looking at handwriting samples and thinking about handwriting analysis or "graphology" and how people analyse handwriting to learn more about the person, there personality etc, and i was looking up different things that you can tell from handwriting and looking at samples and wandering if anyone had ever thought about it and if you think that the imperial extracts of handwriting that we have access to are true to what graphology says?

for example, looking at tatiana's handwriting i was looking up that strong right slant with strong lines indicates confidance, leadership, and perhaps a comfort in socialising- well this would be true for tatiana wouldn't be? do you think this lies true for the others?

Alexandra Feodorovna / Samples of Alexandra's handwriting
« on: November 29, 2010, 11:19:44 AM »
could anyone post a substantial sample of Alexandra's handwriting other than just her signature , perhaps a letter? There seems to be posts containing nicky's handwriting but not alix's, can anyone help?

Having Fun! / Translating into or out of Russian
« on: September 09, 2010, 11:43:37 AM »
ok, i looked for ages to try and find a thread for this- but i consequently couldn't find one- so i started this one! I not only find it a pain to translate diaries or letters when in russian, but also normal everyday "speak" , i don't trust online translators because they never come out 100% accurate, so could anyone please translate this sentence into russian for me- someone who knows what they're doing unlike me! lol!
heres the sentence-

her blood is on your hands


Anastasia Nicholaievna / Anastasia the loudest baby?
« on: June 09, 2010, 06:39:26 AM »
i read somewhere that Anastasia was the loudest baby, as far as crying constantly is concerned. i wondered if this was true and Anastasia was the loudest baby, i never doubted why it would be until i read something else about Tatiana being the loudest, anyone know?

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / if alexei hadn't been born....?
« on: May 26, 2010, 01:20:30 AM »

with a lot of IF's

if alexei hadn't been born,or if alix had given birth to another girl, or if she had miscarried

could the revolution have been sooner due to the lack of an heir?

just a thought

Servants, Friends and Retainers / court physicians
« on: May 24, 2010, 03:09:53 PM »
obviously botkin, however apart from him who else served as a court physician for the imperial family? does anyone know who would have delivered alexandra's children? tended the IF when they were ill? (excluding Botkin)
could doctors at births etc be recorded in diaries? 

can anyone post and pictures of alexandra with (not nicholas obviously) the other children of alexander and marie, i can't seem to find one of her with xenia, thanks

Alexandra Feodorovna / casual photos of alix?
« on: May 24, 2010, 01:17:35 PM »
can anyone post some photos of alix that are utterly casual, i mean photos of her laughing, smiling, where the camera has caught her off guard

also theres a photo i can't seem to find of her and nicky (i think) on the standart, shes seated on the edge of the ship with crossed legs and i loved the picture when i first saw it, but can't seem to find it again, thanks.

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