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Sorry Art but I totally hated the book.  I bought it for holiday reading and to be honest I wish I hadn't. This is only my personal opinion but I have a shed load of books on the Imperial Family, including all the usual books about Ella.  If I take them off my bookshelves, sit down and and cobble together a book about Serge, only using from quotes from the books I already have on Ella, does that make me an author?  I don't think so.  The author only quotes from books already published, there is no actual research undertaken or primary sources used.

Another point, which I understand is personal preference, but why do authors repeat themselves?  Do they think their readers have very short memories or is it to try and pack out the book?  The same quotes are used time and again.  I haven't got the book with me to give examples but it drove me nuts.  The pictures are lovely, Art has done a great job there.  However, I am afraid I can't recommend the book.


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Hi

I saw this book in Hatchards in Piccadilly earlier this week, it looks very interesting and a worthwhile purchase.  Lots of lovely pictures and a nice layout.  Softback cover.   It is also available on Amazon.

Kind regards.

Annette

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Hi Ena

I went to the convent about 10 years ago whilst in Moscow and it is walkable from Red Square. I seem to remember it was on the road directly leading to Red Square, it was very easy to get to, and one went passed a large McDonalds on the way which looked very out of place.  It took about 15/20 minutes walking (in snowy weather). 

Annette

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Dear Art

I am truly sorry about the loss of Jacques Ferrand, I know you and he were old and trusted friends.  I was studying Noblesse Russe over Christmas as you know and marvelling at the magnificant epic production of the volumes.  I had been in correspondence with Jacques last summer when he offered to help me with some research.  He offered to meet my husband and I as we were holidaying in Paris but he could not make the dates we were there.  He then suggested I email him with my questions and unfortunately I had delayed doing so, and will always regret that now.

Jacques' books are wonderful and I have managed to find my way round them easily despite having only a basic knowledge of French.

It is a very sad loss and a tragic end for a real gentleman.

Kind regards.

Annette

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I agree, I'll revisit and persevere...soon...

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Pushkin Travel Center / Google Earth
« on: August 22, 2007, 04:10:06 PM »
Hi

I am probably way behind the times but having a rummage round Google Earth tonight I see that the maps have vastly improved and those for Tsarskoe Selo were really good and brought back happy memories of my trip there, putting the location into perspective.

Kind regards.

Annette

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Hi

I got the book recently from Amazon, have given up even before I reach the end of Chapter I.  Am trying to force myself to go back to it and see what the other chapters contain.  Chapter 1 is a fictional account of the Ekaterinburg murders from a 'guard' who was on duty that night.  Not sure what I expected but it wasn't that.

Kind regards.

Annette 

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Hi

I've done quite a bit of research on the Dmitri Wonlar Larsky and I'm afraid anything Dmitri said - even under oath - I think would have to be taken with a large pinch of salt, he appears to have been quite unscrupulous.

Annette

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Hi

I have an original copy, it's great fun.  Not to be relied upon at all though.

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Thanks guys, so it's definitely a 'must have'. It looks really interesting from the website alone.  I shall tell my husband you are all to blame when the credit card bill comes in...

Thanks again.

A

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Hi

Is there anywhere I can easily check whether someone was the recipient of an Imperial Order during the NII reign (ie the Order of St Andrew)?

Thanks!

Annette

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Hi

I found the above book whilst rummaging through Google.  Has anyone heard of it?  Any feedback gratefully received.

Thanks.

Annette

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I remember when we did finally get an email from the distributor they 'claimed' to have responded to each of my messages but said my computer firewall would 'probably' have blocked their messages. Hmmm.

If you want to check out the old thread on this topic which I started a couple of Christmases ago I am sure the distributor added a response to the thread so there would be an email address on there.  We managed to get a tracking No from them but it was a really painful process.  We threatened to claim the money back via my credit card company in the end. 

It's THE most wonderful set of books though, the highlight of my collection.

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Hi

I started another thread on this about two years ago (was it that long ago??), I had major problems with the purchase of the book which took literally months and months to arrive, after the credit card debit had gone through, and the publishers would not answer emails.  I would certainly always recommend using Art for purchases.  For a long time it appeared that we had been ripped off over the purchase of the book, which was not the case, but you cannot get through on the phone numbers quoted on the website if you are outside the US.  It's a must have book but buy it from Art.

Happy new year to you all.

Annette

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Hi

I went on Monday, just before noon and queued for about 15 minutes.  It was a very hot day so the shop was sweltering but it was a brilliant exhibition and, as Robert says, well worth the 8 entry fee for the catalogue alone.  Geoffrey Munn (author of 'Tiaras' and curator of the tiara exhibition at the V&A a few years ago) was there and I had a lovely chat with him - he kindly autographed my catalogue.  I recognised a few exhibits from the Tiara exhibition but my favourite at this one was the kokoshnik tiara set with emeralds (now paste) that was given to Ella by her mother in law and passed down to Marie Pav junior then bought by Alex of Serbia for Princess Marie of Roumania.  

Annette

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