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Offline edubs31

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Re: Alexander III
« Reply #210 on: August 12, 2014, 04:33:40 PM »
Erik

I agree entirely with what you say. Still with my grandmother's family, two of her sisters lived into their late 80s (I can just remember meeting one of them) and one brother past 80. My grandfather on that side also had two sisters who lived well past 80.

It was less common for people to live past 80 before, say, 1950, but plenty of people reached their 70s. After all, Lloyd George introduced the first British old age pension, for those over 70, in 1909, and there was no shortage of takers.

I'm not a parent, so cannot quite understand the mindset that 'my child can't possibly die', especially as death in childhood happened so frequently as to be quite routine, and bearing in mind that Alexei was haemophiliac, and Louis XVI's elder brother had a degenerative disease which showed itself quite early in life.

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Well as we well know Nicholas & Alexandra clearly diluted themselves into believing that Alexei was probably destined to live a long life and that the disease itself would one day vanish. Such denial likely would not have surfaced had it been a relative's child instead of their own.

It's amazing though what money and access to good healthcare can do for extending one's life. Just take a look at some of the American Founding Fathers...

Age at Death
John Adams - 90
James Madison - 85
Benjamin Franklin - 84
Thomas Jefferson - 83
Samuel Adams - 81
Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right...

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« Reply #211 on: September 23, 2014, 05:29:04 PM »
I recently purchased "Empress Maria Fedorovna: A Life & Fate" and in one paragraph Alexander II speaks of his new heir to King Christian IX:

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When Tsarevich Alexander went to Denmark in May 1866, to propose to Princess Dagmar, he brought a letter from his father to King Christian IX. In his message, Alexander II hinted that he new heir to the throne was less mature and educated than his late brother. The Russian emperor, however, also highlighted the heir's better qualities: "Knowing you kindness and indulgence, I venture to recommend him to you, as I do his bothers Vladimir and Alexis. They are still quite young and inexperienced men, and I am forced to confess to you my fears that, in comparison with our poor Nixa, they may not appear quite so auspicious, particularly out eldest son. I hasten to assure you that our Alexander, despite all the deficits in his development, has a kind heart, is capable of loyalty and one might be proud of him." P. 28

My first reaction when reading it was "yikes, not exactly the best of endorsements" and then I kind of laughed. The book also has a quote from a letter from Crown Prince Frederik to his sister after the wedding where he basically tells her that she will have to help and train him to take his role more seriously and use his time more wisely.

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« Reply #212 on: September 24, 2014, 02:22:02 AM »
Bear in mind that parents tended to have more realistic views of their children than those of today, i.e. they were fully aware of their faults and not afraid to say that they were disappointed in their offspring. I commend Queen Victoria's correspondence. Also, Alexander II was quite an intellectual, which Alexander III certainly was not.

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Re: Alexander III
« Reply #216 on: January 03, 2015, 05:40:17 PM »
Many thanks for posting the above image: AIII on a hunt.

I understand that this actually a tapestry.

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« Reply #217 on: January 04, 2015, 05:53:27 AM »
I am not that fluent in Russian so I could have completely overlooked it but I think the website labels the pictures as illustrations.... there are actually quite a few, interesting one there. HEre is a link to the website that lists more works from the author https://www.fl.ru/users/NIKLEN/

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« Reply #219 on: January 10, 2015, 06:52:04 AM »
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Re: Alexander III
« Reply #221 on: February 07, 2015, 04:42:32 AM »
Has any historian ever seen Mopsopolis? Is it still lying in the archives somewhere?

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« Reply #222 on: July 26, 2016, 07:30:44 AM »
If Alexander III were living now, I guess a kidney transplant could have saved his life.

Of course, such things were not possible in 1894.

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« Reply #223 on: August 20, 2016, 09:15:45 PM »
http://adini-nikolaevna.tumblr.com/image/149187109035

Tsarevich Alexander Alexandrovich swearing his oath of allegiance.