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Offline Janet_W.

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Re: Chronology of Alexandra's Hessian relatives 1862-1906
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2007, 04:07:15 PM »
Yikes, what an incredible amount of information! We know quite a bit about Alexandra's maternal side of the family, but until now I hadn't read very much about her paternal side. Thank you so much, Griffh!   :-*

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Re: Chronology of Alexandra's Hessian relatives 1862-1906
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2007, 10:26:56 PM »
Gosh Janet, thank you so much for that very kind remark; it makes all of my research worth it. 

I have been doing a great deal of research for Margarita for the Rasputin trial and during that time I found out so much about the Empress that is so totally different than anything I had realized before.  I am going to attempt a thread with some of the information on the Empress but not until after the Rasputin trial. 

Since the trial is being postponed until the summer, I took a brake from my research and decided to look up all of Alexandra's immediate German relations.  I feel that I have a stronger grasp on why the Empress was so concerned about the prestige of her family and how her Uncle's morganatic marriages dogged sisters Victoria and Ella and dogger her all the way into the first year of her marriage.  I can't help feeling that those morganatic marriages played a minor role with the Romanoffs concerns about the marriage between Alix and Nicky. 

I think the timing of Alix' Uncle Wilhelm marriage to his mistress, Josephine Bender, Countess von Lichtenberg, that legitimized his the  birth of their 7 year-old son, Gottfried, which occured just two weeks before Alexandra’s sister, Victoria married Prince Louis Battenburg and a month before her sister Ella married the Grand Duke Sergei, is quite thought provoking.  I don't know if, on the one hand if Wihelm's marriage was an attempt or a demand to clean up the immediate family ties, or if on the other hand, it mislead Alexandra's father, Louis, into thinking that he could pull off his morganatic marriage to Alexandrina Hutten-Czapska, Countess von Romrod, on the day that his daughter Victoria got married. 

I would so love to know if there were correspondence between Alexandra's uncles, Heinrich and Wilhelm and herself or even between her uncles and her father.  Thanks again Janet for you support and encouragement.  Griff

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Re: Chronology of Alexandra's Hessian relatives 1862-1906
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2007, 05:23:27 AM »
Hear hear! Thank you for all the time you have spent on that Griff! Very interesting indeed! :)
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Re: Chronology of Alexandra's Hessian relatives 1862-1906
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2007, 05:54:05 AM »
I would so love to know if there were correspondence between Alexandra's uncles, Heinrich and Wilhelm and herself or even between her uncles and her father.  Thanks again Janet for you support and encouragement.  Griff
GARF may have some letters from Alix's uncles to Alix. I vaguely recall seeing them listed in the guide to Alix's section of the archive.
As regards letters between Ludwig IV and his brothers: Dozens have been preserved at Darmstadt.
"The Correspondence of the Empress Alexandra of Russia with Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore, Grand Duke and Duchess of Hesse. 1878-1916"  -  http://www.bod.de/index.php?id=296&objk_
"Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine in Italy - 1893"

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Re: Chronology of Alexandra's Hessian relatives 1862-1906
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2007, 06:45:42 AM »
Hey thanks Eddieboy for your encouragement and Helen, as usual, your know where all the treasures are hidden.  Too cool.... Griff

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Re: Chronology of Alexandra's Hessian relatives 1862-1906
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2007, 09:41:12 AM »
... Helen, as usual, your know where all the treasures are hidden.  Too cool.... Griff
Well... some of them. You're welcome. ;)
"The Correspondence of the Empress Alexandra of Russia with Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore, Grand Duke and Duchess of Hesse. 1878-1916"  -  http://www.bod.de/index.php?id=296&objk_
"Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine in Italy - 1893"

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Re: Chronology of Alexandra's Hessian relatives 1862-1906
« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2007, 10:44:00 AM »
I must add my name in praise for this very neat tool you've put together for us to enjoy.

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Re: Chronology of Alexandra's Hessian relatives 1862-1906
« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2007, 07:11:31 PM »
Thank you Eddy.  I am busy posting my new thread on the Empress' war correspondence to Nicky, which I have broken down into themes.  My thread "The Empress Alexandra Fights Back" refers to the themes in her war correspondence for 1914.  Griff