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I'd love to see a test on the girls, to see if any of them were carriers of hemophilia.  (Wasn't Maria suspected, because she tended to bleed easily)?

Of course, we'll soon see the conspiracy theorists screaming "FAKE!" 

It's good to finally close the chapter-and Maria and Alexei can be laid to rest with their family at last.

(I still stand by my belief, though, that Anna Anderson was NOT a deliberate imposter-I think she came to believe that she really WAS Anastasia.  It's pretty sad-she was obviously mentally ill.)

Well, rose-colored glasses or not, Mignon was a hell of a lot better than her older sister.

I just finished "Europe's Last Summer" by David Fromkin...and those who had posted reviews of it were right! Spectacular! ;)

Anyway, I was most shocked upon reading Chapter 23 [144-6], and discovering how Austrian officials and Bavarian nationalists had rigged the funeral ceremony.  Obviously since Sophie was not of Hapsburg blood, she was treated differently, more or less horribly in death as she was in life. 

My point is, though I never agreed with Ferdinand, I respect the love he felt for his wife.  Despite his political ambitions and positions regarding the Balkans, I must confess that it is truly admirable how FF defied his native laws, and married a 'commoner'.  You know what they say, 'Love is the most powerful force of all...'


Yeah, the guy was a pompous buffoon when it came to politics (sorry, but that's the best way I can think of to describe him), but as a family man, he was above reproach. 

I know some have said that Emperor Karl kept in touch with the children-what was their relationship like with him and Zita?  The last Emperor and Empress have always struck me as very loving, compassionate people.  I can't see them rejecting the Hohenberg children as Franz Josef did.

I do remember reading somewhere that Franz Ferdinand insisted on being sewn into his uniforms-being a rather vain man-and this contributed to his untimely death-they were not able to get him undressed to tend his wounds soon enough.  True or false?

(I also have to confess feeling some sympathy for the assassins though-they seem like a bunch of naive, overly-romantic minded schoolboys who failed to realize the consequences of their actions.  Even Princip-he was horribly abused in prison, from what I gather).

Aaaw, that's so cute!

Really, if Alexei had lived to rule-or even if he managed to survive in exile-he and Ileana would have been a good match.

Of all the Royal Romanian children, Nicholas looks most like his father and the Hohenzollerns.  I have no doubts Nicholas is the son of Nando!


And let's not forget, that in his younger days, Nando was actually fairly handsome.  I think it was only after a serious illness that he was left with facial scarring and haggard looks.

Did his first marriage end in divorce, or did his wife die? 

I liked reading about the account of Nicholas II's visit to Roumania in 1914.  (Or was it 1913?)  Alexei, it seems, had a blast playing with Ileana and Nicholas, and taught them how to spit cherry pits, or make spitballs, or something of that nature.  Teehee!

I thought Tatiana was the one with short hair?

Did you also notice that when Alexei came out of the tapestry during "Once Upon a December", he walked with a limp?

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: The Kitchen Boy
« on: October 29, 2006, 10:34:47 AM »
Ah, thanks.  I thought it was something like that.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: The Kitchen Boy
« on: October 27, 2006, 08:36:34 PM »
I have so many other books from the library and I've renewed it one too many, so I don't think I'll be finishing it this time.  So, what happens?

Okay, I read ahead and apparently Maria DID escape and marry her rescuer, but what happened to Alexei, and the actual kitchen boy?  What's going on?

The Windsors / Re: Windsor Jewels Part 5
« on: October 27, 2006, 04:26:25 PM »
Hi, not to get of topic but for those that love jewels, check this website out.

Where the jewels ever sold? Imelda certainly had good taste! I can't help but like her, love her quotes ;D ;D

I can find a great deal to dislike about Imelda, being that she and her husband were ruthless thugs.  She had six hundred pairs of shoes while they stole money from the government and the people of her country starved.  Then she whined about how unfair it all was.


At any rate, I too dislike the naked Vladimir tiara-maybe she could have left just one of the drops in? 

The Myth and Legends of Survivors / Re: One thing I find odd
« on: October 25, 2006, 10:30:09 PM »
I will add that I personally find Radzinsky's work enjoyable, but since he is a romantic and a playwright, I simply enjoy his books as I would fiction, and take them with a huge grain of salt.

The Myth and Legends of Survivors / Re: 101 Reasons AA was GD Anastasia
« on: October 25, 2006, 10:12:37 PM »
One of my professors, a staunch anti-Bolshevik, who spent a year or more in a gulag in Perm, is close friends with Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Nikita, who wasn't a cold-hearted butcher like Lenin, or a sociopath like Stalin.

No one is black or white.  People are always shades of grey, I believe.  There are very few Hitlers, or Gandhis.  Most people fall somewhere in between.

The Myth and Legends of Survivors / Re: 101 Reasons AA was GD Anastasia
« on: October 22, 2006, 10:11:16 PM »
Sorry, I was quoting straight from the book.

Well, obviously no one survived. But what we were discussing, is what happened to Marie's body if the bones that were identified as hers were really that of Anastasia. I disagree and I think that her bones have been found, in which case those of the missing grand duchess are those of Anastasia. That doesn't mean anybody survived.

Very very true.  After all, the other missing body is that of Alexei, and I cannot take seriously any claims that he could have survived that night.  The poor boy couldn't even walk, how was he supposed to get away?  That and if the claims of Yurovsky are true-he was shot at point blank range in the head.  You mean to tell me a hemophiliac, who almost bled to death from a groin injury and later from a nosebleed, somehow survives being shot in the head? 

As for the missing grand duchess, I too agree that it's Anastasia, just from reading the Massie book and now Greg's and Penny's recent work.

That and the brutality of the crime-I don't think anyone could have escaped.  Perhaps some of them weren't truly dead when they were transferred, but I don't believe they survived beyond that night.

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