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My 3rd book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting, has been published in Canada by Dundurn Press (The USA and UK release date is May 2). The book profiles 20 sets of British and European royal parents from medieval times to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today. There are two chapters about the Romanovs: one about Peter the Great and another about Nicholas II and Alexandra.

I should also mention that I'm currently writing a monthly Russian Revolution series for Smithsonian Magazine-the most recent article (March) was about Czar Nicholas II's abdication.

Enjoy the book!

All the best

Carolyn Suzanne Harris

My review of Stachniak's latest novel of Catherine the Great - a nice look at Catherine's last year but I preferred the previous novel, The Winter Palace, about her rise to power.

Has anyone else read this book? I especially enjoyed the sections about the Muscovite rulers - lots of new details about their lives and interests. There's also an extended discussion of Nicholas II's coronation and nostalgia for old Muscovy

Here's my full review:

Lots of interesting material in this acclaimed book regarding Nicholas II, his foreign relations and the key ministers who influenced him during the years prior to the outbreak of the First World War.

Here's my full review:

My review of Douglas Smith's work: a moving and well researched account of the victims of the Russian Revolution that sheds light on the broader scope of Russian history

An interesting history of the ballerina from the 18th century to the present. An engaging read (with the exception of some historical inaccuracies concerning Mathilde Kschessinska's relationship with the Romanovs)

Here is my review of A Bride for the Tsar: Bride-Shows and Marriage Politics in Early Modern Russia.

It's a fascinating look at the marriages of Russian Tsars from Vassily III to Peter the Great

An fascination look at the career of Gregorio Casali, the diplomat appointed to represent Henry VIII's interests in Rome during the negotiation of his divorce from Catherine of Aragon

I am pleased to announce the publication of my first peer reviewed scholarly article "The Succession Prospects of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna 1895-1918" in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Volume 54, Number 1-2, March-June, 2012.

The Abstract is currently available on my website

Best Wishes

Carolyn Suzanne Harris

An interesting biography of a powerful medieval royal woman. A couple hundred years earlier than the Tudors but Eleanor de Montfort was an ancestor of Elizabeth Woodville, the mother of Elizabeth of York.

It's interesting how royalty never appears in the series Downton Abbey but their activities off screen have a profound influence on nobility and servants alike:

The Tudors / Wicked Women of Tudor England by Retha Warnicke
« on: April 18, 2012, 05:07:13 PM »
An interesting book about six fascinating and notorious Tudor women!

The Tudors / Katherine Parr Festival at Sudeley Castle
« on: April 02, 2012, 09:56:38 PM »
Sudeley Castle is having a summer festival to celebrate the 500th birthday of its most famous resident

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