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I just found on youtube a video by a man named Chris Butler called "Execution of the Romanov Family: The Guns Used/Collections and History Corner" where he discusses the weapons used to kill the IF and an account of their murder. It could do with some "polish" you might say. It is of some interest and use to some people on this site
Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Locking Trina's Maid in Water-Closet
« Last post by slhouette on May 08, 2020, 02:12:21 PM »
@ Georgiy thanks so much for the reply! That's so exciting to know!

@ Duchess Hydrangea I really can't find anymore information about them at all, it's pretty mysterious... I wonder if there's any material in GARF on them. Hm.

Here's an interesting lead: In Helen Rappaport's Romanov Sisters, she cites an article from a Los Angeles emigre magazine that was apparently written by Trina's niece Natalya Soloveva. The citation is: Soloveva, Natalia, ‘La Tristesse Imperiale,” Rodnye dali 202 (Los Angeles), 1971, pp. 12-15. The piece of text attached to the citation is: "Two other young visitors to Trina Schneider at her apartments in the AP found themselves bombarded with similar questions. Maria and Anastasia often joined them at Trina’s apartments after lunch and engaged the girls, Natalya and Fofa, in exuberant, mischievous games that were almost too much for Trina to cope with. In quieter moments Anastasia and Maria were endlessly inquisitive about their everyday lives. ‘They asked us about school, our friends, our teachers and wanted to know how we spent our time off, which theatres we went to, what books we read, and so on.’" [pg 161]

I'm planing on taking a closer look at the article, as I live decently close to the US Library of Congress. It'd be nice to see what else she mentions in the article. Too bad everything's shut down because of Coronavirus, agh! 
Balkan Royal Families / Re: Turkish Throne
« Last post by newfan on May 01, 2020, 09:52:23 PM »
Is there another room for the Ottoman Empire or the sultans here or this is it?
Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra - Slandered and Hated
« Last post by James_Davidov on April 29, 2020, 05:15:46 AM »
It is as simple as this.

Alexandra was a contributing factor, especially her disastrous interference during the Home Front period.  But it was a minor factor, compared to the historical issues plaguing Russia, which predated her birth, let alone her marriage into the Imperial Family!

Pick up any serious book on the Russian revolution, and more weight will be given to the reforms of Alexander II, the Duma, and Witte, than the neurosis of the Empress Alexandra.

Perhaps what was a bigger factor was that she was a crowned female figure, in a revolutionary society... and those societies have a tendency to fetishise them, and demonise them, and it helps their cause! Marie Antoinette, Empress Alexandra, Empress Farah, maybe even more recently Grace Mugabe? ... they were all pretty innocent, and had a much smaller impact compared to what the revolutionaries believed them to have... I suppose this is probably connected to some deeper psychology of the patriarchy, who knows?

If I was to write a recipe for a revolution however, the two most important factors on the ingredient list would be...

1 x cup of a weak, ineffective leader, who inherited a dysfunctional state
2 x cups of a strong willed consort, who is vulnerable to be scapegoated by the opposition, because of her lifestyle, origins and associations are a cause célèbre.

You are all neglecting what should be the main focus here, "Lady Colin Campbell’ is not a reputable historian. She writes tabloid style books, often with some scandalous, fabricated hook, which she uses in publicity rounds... much like the title she acquired for a brief minute, through a failed marriage to a Lord in the 70s.

What we do know, for a fact, is that Q. Mary was a submissive, and had no political influence as far as anyone can tell. It is not logical to assume that her grievances would override her dominant husband, who viewed himself as having a strong bond with his cousin, the Tsar.

The fact is George V's decision was a political one, made out of fear, historians have a tendency to give a few lines to support his decision, 'it was a tricky time' etc, but I don't think a lot of people grasp just how unstable and cataclysmic WWI was. It fundamentally shook society, and changed the political order and British society as a whole, no one saw it coming in 1914, but in 1917, George was absolutely correct in thinking it could 'bring down the House' as it had in Russia, and would in Germany.

It was an act of fear, but not an illogical one.

It unfortunate that it haunts his legacy, and a bit unfair. Nicholas II & Alexandra had multiple opportunities to help themselves, and their people. For over a decade, close relatives, friends, trusted courtiers and ministers, begged, petitioned and worked covertly to assist them, the fact was they were obstinate and deluded, a dangerous mix... this is was condemned them, not the fact that their cousin, aborted their one of their final chances.
The Final Chapter / Re: Were OTMA carriers of Hemophilia?
« Last post by Mark_Chicago on April 23, 2020, 06:26:15 PM »
Thank you both.
The Tudors / Re: Henry VII
« Last post by lady on April 23, 2020, 07:37:00 AM »
I just finished reading Jasper Tudor by Terry Breverton. I highly recomend it, it brings light about Jasper loyalty and involvment in Lancanstrian cause as well as his mentorship to the future Henry VII, his nephew. Uncle Jasper was a role model fot the future King.
The Final Chapter / Re: Were OTMA carriers of Hemophilia?
« Last post by GDSophie on April 22, 2020, 08:11:48 PM »
Article I believe?

The news it was Haemophilia B only came out in 2008 when they published the results of the remains found in the second grave. It was not 100% known beforehand so it didn't appear as 'definite, concrete fact' in any book before that year.
The Final Chapter / Re: Were OTMA carriers of Hemophilia?
« Last post by Mark_Chicago on April 22, 2020, 06:10:06 PM »
Thanks—where was this reported?

In a specific book or magazine article?

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