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Re: Books on Grand Duchess Elizabeth
« Reply #315 on: September 05, 2013, 05:33:27 PM »
Matushka thank you for clarifying volume 4. As 1894 to 1905 were critical years with GD Sergei in Moscow, Irina P. will probably require two more volumes.

Laura, I am curious of the “film”.  Irina said that at first she handled the original diaries, then the fond was converted c2002-03.  It is probably microfilm - difficult to work even with English text never mind handwritten diaries/letters. I doubt the Monastery has the money to redigitalize the collection so I am very grateful to researchers like Irina. 

Russia is in the forefront with digitalization of their archives - GARF, RSHA, Russian State Library to name a few - access intranet - and researchers are publishing their work. I am constantly in awe that every month a new book appears that relates to my narrow field of historical research. Recently the memoirs of Sophie Buxhoeveden were published in Russian and although most of us have read the English versions, the translators/editor went beyond including never before seen photos, historical data from the archives and interviews with living acquaintances.

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Re: Books on Grand Duchess Elizabeth
« Reply #316 on: September 06, 2013, 02:51:36 PM »
Going back to Ella. Any new book on her ?

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« Reply #317 on: October 25, 2015, 07:39:11 PM »
I am a year behind in learning about this but Christopher Warwick's Ella: Princess, Saint and Martyr has been published in paperback under a revised title, The Life and Death of Ella Grand Duchess of Russia: A Romanov Tragedy.
Holy New Martyr Elizabeth, pray for us!

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« Reply #318 on: October 25, 2015, 07:54:20 PM »
The Life and Death of Ella Grand Duchess of Russia: A Romanov Tragedy.
Why didn't they just title it: "Yet Another Romanov Tragedy", since it seems imperative to get the words "Romanov" or "tragedy", or hey, even better: both! -  into every book title in the field.
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Горячку сердца холодит.

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« Reply #319 on: November 28, 2017, 09:27:55 PM »
Would anyone be able to tell me about how Warwick and Mager's biographies of Ella compare with and differ from one another?

I have Warwick's book and it is fairly good. There is something "unique" about his sentence structures though and sometimes it feels as though everything is "all over the place", so to speak. Having said that, though, I wouldn't know how it would compare to other books as it is the only biography of Ella I have ever read, with the exception of Ella's Story: The Duchess Who Became a Saint by Maria Alexandra Tobias, which is more of a children's book, anyway. It also doesn't help that there are not many books available on Ella, either.

While I do find Warwick's biography to be good, I must say that I sympathise with Svetabel and concur with her much earlier comments on this thread that it is very difficult to see Ella. I personally feel as though I am looking at Ella but not seeing her. Her somewhat enigmatic character and lack of correspondence, diary entries, etc., would be contributing factors. It would be wonderful to be able to go deep into her soul as much as possible, though I don't know if Mager is any more capable of achieving this than Warwick.

Does Mager's book offer more excerpts from Ella's existing personal correspondence? How would his biography compare with and differ from Warwick's in general?