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Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / MOVED: A Novel
« on: September 08, 2014, 06:52:16 AM »

If you want to share the Romanov story with the young people in your life, do not miss this:

by Candace Fleming
ISBN 978-0-375-86782-8

The research is impeccable and the narrative compelling. It also uses primary sources to give an excellent perspective of life in tsarist Russia beyond the palace gates.

I wish The Family Romanov had been around when I was 12 — it's Massie-caliber non-fiction for kids. Don't just take my word for it — so far it's received five starred reviews.

(Edited to add: Available July 8, 2014)

Has anyone seen this book firsthand?

Царскосельские интерьеры в автохромах 1917 года
(Tsarskoe Selo Interiors in Autochromes 1917)
ISBN 978-5-7300-0839-7

I'd like to know whether it contains photos of NAOTMAA's private rooms -- in particular, the picture of M&A's bedroom shown on page 26 of this French auction catalog.

The Final Chapter / MOVED: Ipatiev Basement artwork
« on: June 09, 2012, 08:21:10 AM »

If anyone has tried to download a digital version of Royal Sisters of Mercy from a site called mirknigDOTcom, I'd advise you to run an anti-virus scan on your computer immediately. I've just found this malware on my Macbook, and the alleged Royal Sisters of Mercy file was the culprit. The download itself did not appear to be compatible with my Mac, but apparently it managed to hijack my Yahoo account and sent some spam without my knowledge anyway.

Is anyone familiar with a book called Pis'ma Tsarstvennikh Muchenikov iz Zatocheniya? (Письма Царственных мучеников из заточения in Russian)

approx 500 pgs
ISBN: 5-88932-004-1 or 5-86263-015-6

It's another collection of letters by the imperial family from captivity. I already have Pis'ma Tsarskoi Sem'i iz Zatocheniya and Pered Rasstrelom, so I'm wondering whether this book will contain anything new to me...

The Alexander Palace / Exhibition in the children's rooms!
« on: May 18, 2011, 09:04:32 AM »
I sure hope some of our members will be able to see this in person:

According to Paul Gilbert, there's going to be a catalog of the exhibition. If anyone is going to be in Tsarskoe Selo this summer, please let me know -- I'd love to get my hands on a copy.

Imperial Transportation / Standart/Shtandart
« on: July 28, 2010, 10:19:29 AM »
Can anyone tell me why the name of NII's yacht is conventionally rendered as "Standart" in American English when the cyrillic spelling should in fact be correctly transliterated as "Shtandart"?

I'm working on corrections for my novel on OTMA, and this issue is giving me fits. I've translated everything else from the cyrillic literally and can't decide what to do about Standart/Shtandart. For example, when I do a Google search on "Shtandart" the majority of hits are for the 1703 frigate of the Baltic fleet, not NII's yacht. Seems like that would be confusing to readers who go looking for more information on the IF...

The Alexander Palace / Locating the Sickroom
« on: December 20, 2009, 02:42:48 PM »
I believe I've finally pinpointed the possible location and layout of the AP sickroom. On a previous thread, gleb suggested the sickroom might be #60 on Yakovlev's 1928 floorplan -- as far as I've been able to determine, he was right.

Nicholas's diary
"Tuesday Feb 26 [1913] Tsarskoe Selo 3:00 we moved to Tsarskoe Selo...Tatiana was separated and placed next to the big playroom..."

Tatiana's diary, 26 February 1913:
"...I have been isolated from my sisters and I live here with Shura in the room situated between the playroom and Sonya Orbeliani's one. While I am ill Mother comes to see me every day between 2 and 5 p.m..."

Second floor plan of the AP:

I have to presume the playroom Nicholas and Tatiana mention is room #52, labeled on this plan as "The Corner Drawing Room." Given that, room #64 seem like the obvious candidate, but there is no stove in that room. (Further, the stove in the small adjoining room is in the wrong corner.) In fact, none of the rooms along the outer wall of that wing have the proper configuration of stove, doors, and windows. Only the courtyard side fits the requirements, and of those rooms, only #60, "Benckendorf's Drawing Room" has the doorway to the corridor positioned to match the photos we have of the sickroom. Here's a rough image of how I think the furniture was laid out in 1913:

The initials are placed to match the positions of the imperial family in these photos:

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