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Imperial Russian Antiques / Silver from Hermitage
« on: November 17, 2006, 01:33:32 PM »
At Somerset House [London] is an exhibition of pre-Georgian silver given to the Russian Court. Quite interesting as most silver of this period w3as melted down in England, so the few examples now come from the Hermitage.
At the same time, for jewelry buffs- an exhibit of Tiffany works.

I have just started watching a 2001 Russian TV documentary by Leonid Parfynov.  This was produced to commemorate the 300 year anniversary of the founding of the Empire by Peter [The Great] and also Tsarskoe Selo.   The first installment was 4hrs [out of a total of 16 when finished] and we are only up to the death of Catherine II ! I am just renting it now, but am so impressed with it I may just buy it when I return from my latest visit.
Informative, entertaining and easy to follow. In Russian with English subtitles.

 Relatively new film [2003] in Russian, with English subtitles- "Poor, poor Pavel" By Vitaly Melnikov.  Very well made dealing with the Emperor's ascension,  [brief] reign and death. The assasination plot is covered in depth, I feel. Lots of location filming- Gatchina, Pavlosk, Castle and Catherine Palace.
Historical costume drama.
I bought my copy from

Forum Announcements / Berlin
« on: February 05, 2006, 09:10:26 PM »
I am planning a short, 4-5 day vist to Berlin in April. I have never been there, even though the Wall came down on my birthday in 1989 [I stayed in London]. Other than the obvious Potsdam complex does anyone have suggestions as to what might be of interest ? I guess the Pergammon is a given.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Long to Reign?
« on: December 10, 2005, 05:21:45 PM »
A new book by A.W. Purdue [isbn 0 7509 2208 7]. A popular history of monarchy, the big point being it is contemporary.  Not only the past, heritage, transitions, usual scandals, political changes but an up-to-date  state of the institution. Easy read, not so scholarly that one looses interest, as so many of this type tend to do.  Also, not gossipy, although the usual stories are told to sort of let newcomers in on what most of us already have read.
My own personal endorsement for this books  is due to the coverage of non-Euro monarchies.  So rarely  covered in most books on the subject.  The use by the colonial powers of native  regimes, the transition, survival [or not] of those dynasties.
The analysis of the institution is  level-headed, imo, and a very good introduction, update to those interested in the subject.
The author is a historian, with other books to his credit.
I bought  this in England, but it should be available from the major  internet sellers, Amazon, B&N, etc..

Forum Announcements / 9 June
« on: June 09, 2005, 02:38:54 PM »
1880 Death of Marie Alexandrovna [m. Alexander II]


1526 Elisabeth Arcduchess of Austria [m. Sigismund II King of Poland]

1672 [os] Peter I [the Great] Emperor of Russia

1806 Ludwig III Grand Duke of Hessen und bei Rhein

1983 Princess Theodora [Glucksburg] of Greece

Forum Announcements / 8 June
« on: June 08, 2005, 11:27:32 AM »
1867 Coronation  of Franz Josef II Emperor of Austria as King of Hungary


1786 Karl Ludwig Grand Duke of Baden

1820 Elisabeth Maria Friederike Princess of Oldenburg

1984 Andre Casaraghi Prince of Monaco

Forum Announcements / 7 June
« on: June 06, 2005, 06:15:06 PM »

1840 Empress Carlotta of Mexico

1869 Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich of Russia [d. 1870]

Forum Announcements / 6 June
« on: June 05, 2005, 05:16:05 PM »
1636 [os] Death of Irina Nikitchna Romanovna [m. Ivan Ivanovich GUDONOV]


1502 John III King of Prtugal

1714 Jose I King of Portugal

1799 A.S. Pushkin

1859 Georg Alexander Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz


1934 Albert II King of Belgium

1938 Dom Luiz, Head of the Imperial House of Brazil

1961 George Ivar Louis Mountbatten, Marquess of Milford-Haven

Forum Announcements / 5 June
« on: June 05, 2005, 05:06:45 PM »
1972 Funeral of The Duke of Windsor

1664 Birthday of Mustafa II, Ottoman Sultan

1884 Aladimir Emanuilovich Prince Golitsyn

Forum Announcements / 3 June
« on: June 02, 2005, 06:24:01 PM »
1937 Wedding Anniversary- Duke & Duchess of WINDSOR


1865 King George V of the U.K.

1817 Clementine d'Orleans, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha [mother of King Ferdinand of Bulgaria]

1820 Maria Adelaide of Habsburg, Queen of Italy [V.E.II]

1843 Frederick VIII King of Denmark

1933 Shaik Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain

Forum Announcements / 2 June
« on: June 01, 2005, 05:32:43 PM »
1953 Anniversary of the Coronation of HM Elizabeth II Queen of the U.K. [etc.]


1844 Duke Alexander Friedrich Konstantin of Oldenburg

1940 Konstantinos II King of the Hellenes

Forum Announcements / 1 June
« on: May 31, 2005, 05:40:25 PM »
2001 Anniversary of the massacre at the Royal Palace in Kathmandu, Nepal in which King Birendra, Queen Ashiwarya and Crown Prince [King] Giriraja as well as other members of the family died.


1815 Otto I King of Greece

1838 Alexandra Petrovna [Oldenburg] Grand Duchess [m. Nikolai Nikolaevich]

1868 Sofia Nikolaevna Nassau, Countess de Torby [m. G.D. Mihail Mihailovich]

Forum Announcements / 31 May
« on: May 30, 2005, 06:22:11 PM »

1469 Manoel I King of Portugal

1557 Fedor I Ivanovich TSAR of Russia

1923 HSH Ranier, Soveriegn Prince of Monaco [RIP]

Forum Announcements / 30 May
« on: May 29, 2005, 06:48:40 PM »
Death 1574  Charles IX King of France


1661 Fedor III Alexeevich, TSAR of Russia


1906 Princess Theodora of Greece

1923 Alice Ailken [m. Prince Rostislav Alexandrovich Romanov]

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