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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Scenarios of Power
« on: November 23, 2004, 08:43:11 PM »
Finally I got my grubby little hands on the book at the university library. Thank you Greg for the recommendation. So far I am really enjoying it. I borrowed Volume 2 so I could read about the myths and symbolism and Nicholas II.

The author gives you quite a different perspective on the autocracy and the Russian Empire.

BTW Greg, your book FOTR was also in the library, so I also borrowed it.

It pays to be a university student as I get free reign on the 5 th floor and those 4 long long long rows of bookcases filled with Russian history books. Books I never knew existed!!!

I have died and gone to Russian heaven, though I do have to read and study about heresy and the good old Popes for my real history class tomorrow. I ramble, but hey, I was excited about all those books.

Thanks again Greg


Yeah and happy days. I just received my DVD set of the brilliant series, Edward the King. I have had the books for years and have always wanted to see the series. It was on TV, but that was the days before VHS etc and I lost out on watching it at home. It was kinda pricey, but from the review I have read it will be worth it. I can't wait to see the portrayal of Minnie, Alexandra and Nicholas!!


Morning all. A few years ago there was a 3 or 4 part documentary on the Hermitage. Can anyone recall what the actual name of the show was and if it is on DVD or VHS.



Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Exhibition Catalogues
« on: July 18, 2004, 09:24:02 AM »
I just received my book from the exhhibition, Nicholas and Alexandra, At Home with the Last Tsar. It's a nice book, and a welcome edition to my ever growing collection of Romanov books. I've only had a chance to glance through it, but I would recommend it to those who can't attend the exhibition.

Have a great and wonderful sunny, Sunday


While reading The Camera and the Tsars (FANTASTIC BOOK) I came across a picture of Christain X and his family. I began to ponder the relationship between the king and his Aunt Minnie, and the apparent animosity that arouse. What was the reason for the spat that went on between the two. Would you not think that the king would have enormous sympathy for an elderly woman who once was the Empress of Russia, and above all, a woman who suffered through the murder of her sons, and close relatives?

Since reading Nicholas and Alexandra, I have thought the man petty. Unless of course this is another "Romanov myth" that has lingered through the times.


The Alexander Palace / Alexander Palace Landscaping and Gardening...
« on: April 28, 2004, 09:46:38 AM »
I'm an avid gardener, so I would like to know who was responsible for maintaining the lawns, and gardens. How many people would have been involved in the planting, pruning and upkeep of the vast landscape.

What is being done down to get it back to its original beauty if anything?


Bob, I had an eureka moment! ::) I was surfing at Royalty Digest and came across a book that was posted here a few years back. That book--At the Court of the Last Tsar, by A.A. Mossolov.

I had the good fortune to read a few chapters, but before I could finish it, the book was no longer online? Do you have any intention of putting it back for us to read? Please! It really was quite interesting, and I would love to finish it.



Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Alexei and Hemophilia
« on: April 17, 2004, 10:32:26 AM »
With hemophilia playing such a pivotal role in the Royal Houses of Europe, I was wondering if there was any memoirs, diaries, correspondence between the families afflicted with this disability?

I have often wondered if Alix and Queen Ena commiserated about the affliction with their heirs? Did Alix seek advise from her sister Irene?

One would figure that each party would seek out advise and try to comfort each other.


Servants, Friends and Retainers / Klementiy Nagorniy
« on: April 06, 2004, 12:27:17 PM »
I haven't read much in the area of Sailor/Nurse Nagorny.

What was his background, other than a sailor on the Standart? Why was he chosen as nurse to Alexei? Has there been any history given on his family and what happened to them after the revolution.

His devotion to Alexei and the family has always touched my heart.


The Hohenzollern / Kaiser Wilhelm II
« on: March 28, 2004, 08:45:44 AM »

As a matter of fact I saw a new biography on the Kaiser a few days ago and it's on my list of books to buy. I have read a few  books on him and I always come away with the feeling that they authors have preconceived opinions on him and can't get past that, so all I have read is that he is a bombastic, arrogant man. There has to be more to him that this.


Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna / Ella and Sergei
« on: February 19, 2004, 02:44:11 PM »
Hi. First off let me tell you all that I have spent the day reading this wonderful discussion board and have come away with such a profound respect for everyone's knowledge on the Romanov's. I have been a loyal follower of The Alexander Palace since 1998. So Bob, thank you for your dedication and excellent work here.

I have long been fascinated by Sergey Aleksandrovich, and other than a few articles on line and at the biography section, there is very little information on him. I have read  Elizabeth, Grand Duchess of Russia but I would be grateful for more information or pictures of this intriguing Romanov.

Thanks Louise

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