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Ella's Companion Varvara
« on: January 06, 2005, 04:29:24 PM »
I know I've asked this before, but we get different members everyday... what do people here know about Sister Barbara (Varvara), Ella's companion, who died with her and is buried with her.

Any thoughts about where some good research might be?

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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2005, 06:32:36 PM »
Varvara Yakovleva, sister-in-Christ of the Martha and Maria monastery was one of the first to follow the steps of the Grand Duchess and began serving people in the monastery founded by Elizaveta Fyodorovna. She was a ward nun of the Mother Superior and was very close to her, but she was not prideful of that and remained very kind and accessible to others. People close to Elizaveta Fyodorovna knew her very well and called her Varia.

We do not know the place or environment from which sister Varvara came to the monastery. She followed her Mother Superior voluntarily accepting the sufferings and death and thus fulfilling the testament of our Lord: "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). The Alapayevsk prisoners knew their destiny. They had been preparing themselves to die and were praying to the Lord that he might strengthen them in their ascetic deed. Holy martyr Varvara accepted martyrdom at the age of 35.

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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2005, 06:39:40 AM »
I'm pretty sure that I have read somewhere (may have been David Duff) that Varvara had previously been one of Ella's staff, possibly her maid.
I asked the question before, in another thread but received no response.  Anyone know if this is true?
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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2005, 09:54:36 AM »
David Duff does mention it in Hessian Tapestry, quoting from An Unbroken Unity. He refers to Sister Barbara (Varvara) as formerly being Ella's devoted little maid 'Varia'.
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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2005, 10:47:59 AM »
Thank you.  I thought it was in 'Hessian Tapestry'; however I am going through this phase of forgetting where I have read things and then imagining others....Very worrying.
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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2005, 02:24:02 PM »
Not to worry Martyn, when one reads loads on a topic, you do tend to forget where you might have learned something specific.  Sometimes, one even thinks it's one's own ideas.  That can be a little scary.
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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2005, 03:31:27 PM »
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Not to worry Martyn, when one reads loads on a topic, you do tend to forget where you might have learned something specific.  Sometimes, one even thinks it's one's own ideas.  That can be a little scary.


Oh thanks Ilana but really you are not kidding!  Just recently I 'invented' a photo of MF wearing something and days later I am still hunting high and low to try to convince myself that I didn't make it up!  Too frustrating!
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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2005, 12:05:06 PM »
Frustrating and worrying when you think you've come up with some brilliant thesis about an historical person, and then get paranoid to the extreme that you DID indeed read it somewhere and can't figure out where!!!!!  >:(
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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2005, 03:14:52 PM »
Oh Ilana, that sounds like one's worst nightmare!  hope that the book is going okay....
Are there exercises that one can do for one's memory in order to keep it in trim with advancing age?
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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2005, 07:50:47 PM »
Dear me, crosswords???  Learning Mandarin Chinese.  Taking better notes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:(
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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2005, 09:34:20 PM »
Here is a picture of the icon that depicts both Ella and Varvara as holy martyrs.



There doesn't seem to be a lot of information about Varvara out there, unfortunately. You may need to directly sift through the original archives in Russia....even then I am not sure how much you will find  :(.
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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2005, 12:47:52 PM »
Thanks, Helen, that was useful.
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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2005, 06:14:23 AM »
Thanks Ilana for the advice, but quite frankly I am probably beyond help now anyway.
I like that icon of Ella and Varvara, it has a bit of an edgy look to it........
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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2005, 02:46:01 PM »
And here the image of real Varvara:


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Re: Ella's Companion Varvara
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2005, 02:53:26 PM »
Great photo, Helen.  Interesting to see what she actually looked like.  Do you know when the photo was taken?
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