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Re: A Life for the Tsar King/Ashton
« Reply #60 on: August 02, 2016, 09:44:30 AM »
Edward VII.

I wouldn't have thought he was more of a security headache than anyone else.

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« Reply #61 on: August 02, 2016, 12:42:27 PM »

I notice Ferdinand of Bulgaria went in person. He seems to have been a man who liked a spectacle, and, of cours, his heir, Boris, was a little young to go to Russia with a suite!


Ferdinand *was* a spectacle at the coronation! ;-) He managed to be the centre of a little drama or two - having recently had Boris baptised into the Orthodox Church, which didn't go down well in certain quarters.

He and Nicholas of Montenegro were both still princes at this stage, and Ferdinand was technically even a vassal of the sultan, though Bulgaria was independent in practice. But it seems to have meant they were not regarded as "full" sovereigns who were expected to stay away (Russian-born Queen Olga of Greece excepted). 
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« Reply #62 on: August 02, 2016, 12:44:41 PM »
Edward VII.

I wouldn't have thought he was more of a security headache than anyone else.

Ann

I don't know - I'd imagine the Prince of wales would have been quite a significant scalp for some revolutionary - much more noticeable than, say, Nicholas of Montenegro.....But of course I'm just speculating as to why he wasn't chosen to go.
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« Reply #63 on: August 02, 2016, 07:34:34 PM »
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I'm not sure why the Prince of Wales wasn't chosen; I suspect everyone felt he'd be a security headache. Of course, he'd been to Russia not too long ago for the funeral of Alexander III.

The future Edward VI, right?

You're off by one--Edward VII!

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« Reply #64 on: August 02, 2016, 10:50:02 PM »
Here are some extracts from our introduction, as promised.....

https://coronationofnicholasii.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/the-opening-paragraphs-of-our-introduction/

More to follow over coming days!
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« Reply #65 on: August 03, 2016, 07:03:39 AM »
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« Reply #66 on: August 05, 2016, 12:38:49 PM »
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Re: A Life for the Tsar King/Ashton
« Reply #67 on: August 06, 2016, 07:03:08 AM »
Interesting.

Thanks for posting, I enjoyed reading it.
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« Reply #68 on: August 07, 2016, 04:38:47 PM »
Thanks, Tim!

Here are some tasters of chapter two, in which we discuss the preparations and begin to explore the coronation more broadly, adding humbler characters and explaining how it would all affect them: -

https://coronationofnicholasii.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/extracts-from-chapter-two/

You can start to read in this chapter about the city's residents and some of the less exalted participants in the coronation itself.
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« Reply #69 on: August 09, 2016, 03:23:31 PM »
The tourists are arriving, and forming their views of the freshly-painted city: -

https://coronationofnicholasii.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/extracts-from-chapter-three/
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« Reply #70 on: August 10, 2016, 07:05:11 AM »
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« Reply #71 on: August 11, 2016, 06:47:44 PM »
I am really enjoying the book, especially the insights of the various individuals who actually traveled to Russia and attended the coronation events.  If Aylmer Maude was as acerbic and bitter in person as his writing suggests, then he must have been very unpleasant to be around.  As soon as I see his name in the text, I know there is going to be a nasty comment of some sort by him.  But it is great to have all of these varying perspectives in one book.

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« Reply #72 on: August 11, 2016, 07:29:13 PM »
Thanks rgt9w - that was one of the points we had hoped to offer - we quote from a multitude of sources, and Maude sort of serves as a counter-point to the official coronation book text we include as well as some of the more breathless witnesses like Therese de Vianzone from France.  Hopefully by the end - and after looking at what dozens of people had to say -- the book allows a reader to form their own impressions based on the evidence.

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« Reply #73 on: August 14, 2016, 09:05:24 AM »
Here are some extracts from Chapter Four, in which we introduce many of the royal and diplomatic guests, and discuss their arrangements and accommodation.

https://coronationofnicholasii.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/extracts-from-chapter-four/

You'll read about a new friend of Empress Alexandra's in this chapter (we can bet that most people didn't know about this particular relationship), and a whole quiverful of interesting, difficult and influential characters.
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Re: A Life for the Tsar King/Ashton
« Reply #74 on: August 15, 2016, 05:06:19 AM »
Thanks for the new chapter extract.
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