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I have news that may please the French contributors forum. My novel about the Imperial Family of Russia is now available on Amazon in ebook and in paperback format. It's called Partir, c’est mourir un peu (auto-édition, 2019, 775 p.). The title is the title of a poem quoted by the empress in one of his letters.

It is a novel, since the hero is fictional and there are elements of fiction in the narration, but it is above all a romanticized synthesis of all the testimonies and memories about Tsar Nicholas II and his family. I tried to combine in one book the writings of Pierre Gilliard, Anna Viroubova, Sofia Buxhoeveden, Alexander Spiridovich, et cetera.
It is a book about the Romanov family and about the last years of imperial Russia.

I added about fifty photographs (free of rights) to illustrate the text.

My book participates in the contest "Les Plumes francophones" organized by, and will only be available on amazon for three months.

The paper book will also be available in pocket edition (2 volumes) in a few days.

I take this opportunity to thank all the contributors of this site that I discovered in 2007 and that I very long followed as a "guest".

The imperial family has been with me for almost fifteen years, as a daily support, and I am very happy to publish this book as a tribute to her. They are all seven very important to me and I hope this book would have pleased them.

I post the summary in French (it appears on the back cover):

« 1910, Igor Kleinenberg, jeune professeur d’allemand d’origine estonienne, devient précepteur   la Cour impériale de Russie. Côtoyant au plus près le pouvoir jusqu’  sa chute, il assiste aux aléas du pays, aux manigances de l’aristocratie pétersbourgeoise, au cheminement inévitable vers la révolution nationale en pleine conflagration mondiale. Témoin des traîtrises et du mépris envers l’empereur Nicolas II et sa famille, il l’est aussi du courage et de la détermination d’hommes et de femmes qui dans les plus grandes épreuves ne les abandonneront pas.

De Saint-Pétersbourg aux poussiéreuses villes d’Extrême-Orient, du soleil de Crimée aux neiges de Sibérie, Igor Kleinenberg raconte presque une décennie de la Russie dans ce qu’elle eut de tumultueux, de tragique et d’éminemment fascinant.
Dans ces mémoires fictifs foisonnants, construits   partir de témoignages du temps, s’entremêlent le portrait intime et vrai de la dernière famille régnante de Russie et l’histoire troublée d’un pays au tournant de son destin. »

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To the ebook:

To the paperback:

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Help me!
« on: May 15, 2019, 06:02:58 AM »
I ask for help to find a photograph.
I need the copyright for the reproduction of a photograph of Anastasia. This is the middle right (she does her homework). I do not know where it is kept. It is reproduced in The House of Special Purpose, 1975, p. 30) and belonged at the time to George Gibbes.

Are his records kept somewhere in England? Who can I contact?

This year we are celebrating 120 years of the first international peace conference.

An initiative of Tsar Nicholas II which has allowed the creation of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

One of the great decisions of Tsar Nicholas II, although it did not prevent the Russo-Japanese war and the First World War.

Nicholas II / Nicholas II and Ethiopia
« on: December 26, 2018, 03:15:36 AM »
I do not think there were any subjects on the relations between Russia and Ethiopia at the time of Nicholas II.

I have been studying this question for some time, especially through the books of Alexander Boulatovich, Piotr Krasnov and Nicolas Leontiev. There are even Nicholas II mountains in Abyssinia (a chain of volcanoes).

In Krasnov's book, there is a funny anecdote. The Russian lieutenant offers a watch to an Ethiopian village chief. On the watch is an engraved portrait of Nicholas II. Krasnov explains to the village chief who he is, and the village chief replies: "We have heard a lot about the great ruler of Moscow, and during the war with the Italians no one came to take care of the Abyssinian wounded. but the Tsar of Moscow sent his doctors. "

Very interesting books on the report of the Russians to Africa, to the colonization, to the other colonial powers, and to the look on the African customs and tradition.

I will try to put links to these books not always easy to find.

The Imperial Family / François Flameng (1856-1923)
« on: October 02, 2018, 04:21:36 AM »
François Flameng (1856-1923) is a well-known French painter at the end of the 19th century.

He was particularly famous in Russia. He often painted the imperial family and traveled in Russia. The Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris has a rich collection of photographs on this subject.

I did a major university study in Flameng, and I came across this photograph:

The Empress is in Anna Viroubova's house

Behind her, on the right, is a reproduction of a famous Flameng painting: Reception at Malmaison

It is now preserved at the Hermitage.

Alexandra Feodorovna / "Partir c'est mourir un peu" Edmond Haraucourt
« on: September 06, 2018, 04:48:42 AM »
In one of her letters to the emperor, Alexandra Feodorovna speaks of a French song. Emma Frederick gives it to him in 1916.

This song is the Rondel de l'adieu of Edmond Haraucourt (1856-1941). It is a poem first published in 1890, then set to music in 1902.

I found this version on youtube:

However, I do not know if the music follows the original score of Francesco Tosti.

The Russian Revolution / Memories of Ivan Manukhin
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:28:36 AM »
I did not find on the forum the name of Ivan Manukhin. He was a doctor. Supporting the February Revolution, he treated Gorky. He later worked with monarchist prisoners at St. Peter and St. Paul fortress, including Anna Viroubova. I think he makes the link between Gorky and Mrs. Viroubova (see the memories of Mrs. Viroubova)

He left (brief) memories of his work during the revolution. I put the link. It's in Russian.

The Imperial Family / Romanovs100 (1918-2018) : commemoration
« on: June 17, 2018, 12:28:13 PM »
I don't found the link on the forum to the commemoration of the centenary of the assassination of the imperial family organized by the GARF.

It's really awesome.

Nicholas II / Nicolas II, first unofficial Nobel Peace Prize
« on: June 15, 2018, 03:19:36 AM »
I believe I have not read this information in any publication concerning Nicholas II. It seems to me very important.

In 1898, Nicholas II proposed a conference for peace in The Hague. It took place in 1899 with the result:

- The prohibition of explosive bullets
- The prohibition of toxic gases
- The creation of Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague

After his death, Alfred Nobel had bequeathed 10 million crowns to the League for Peace of Ludwig Quidde, the famous German pacifist. This sum was endowed with a prize awarded to "the one who has done the most for the cause of peace". Nicolas II was rewarded in 1898. He was thus the first unofficial "Nobel Peace Prize", before Henri Dunant and Frédéric Passy in 1901.

A French link to a source:

Nicholas II / Rakoczi's Saber
« on: June 13, 2018, 02:08:37 AM »
An act little known to Tsar Nicholas II.

In 1896, Tsar Nicholas II returned to Hungary, for the commemorations of his millennium, the sword of George II Rakoczi (1621-1660), Prince of Transylvania.

The Russians had taken this saber from General Jozef Bem during the war of 1848-1849, and he belonged to the arms collections of the imperial court of Russia.

During the preparations for the Millennium of Hungary, a certain Dr. Szendrey arrived in Russia to make a list of interesting objects. Nicholas II agreed to lend the sword until August 1, 1896 for an exhibition.

While the sword was to return to Russia, Nicholas II decided to give it to Hungary shortly before his visit to Vienna.

Nicholas II / Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II
« on: June 10, 2018, 12:34:31 PM »
I'm sorry if there is already a topic about the coronation of Nicholas II, but I did not find anything.

The Paris City Council library has put online a photographic album of the coronation of Tsar Nicolas II. The photographer is Léonce Konosewitch (name in French). He was a photographer in Nikolayev (now Ukraine).

It is a gift from Russia to the city of Paris.

Nicholas II / Poems in honor of Nicholas II and his family
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:55:32 AM »
The Franco-Russian alliance has caused the writing of many poems in honor of the imperial family of Russia.

I found some poems.

This one comes from the french magazine Mascarille, March 1894, p.353.


Quand l'astre éblouissant du jour, voilant sa face,
Derrière l'horizon s'amoindrit et s'efface
Les citoyens du Nord se livrent au sommeil :
Sombres, le cœur étreint de présages funèbres,
Ils pensent que leurs yeux, condamnés aux ténèbres,
Ne reverront plus le Soleil.

Mais voici que, soudain, l'obscurité recule,
La Nuit cède à son tour devant le crépuscule
Et l'astre reparaît plus brillant que jamais!
Les peuples, étonnés de le revoir encore,
Des hourras d'allégresse acclament son aurore,
Le cœur plein d'espoir désormais.

Ainsi — lorsqu'au déclin d'un règne grandiose
Ton père s'endormit dans une apothéose —
0 Tsar, tout l'Univers, affligé, prit le deuil.
Regrettant le héros abattu par la Parque,
On croyait que la Mort, en frappant le monarque,
Avait mis la Paix au cercueil.

Mais, éclairant la nue et dissipant le voile,
Voici qu'à l'horizon apparut ton étoile
— Et l'aube n'était pas celle d'un conquérant —
Ton premier acte fut un acte de clémence.
Le Monde, en saluant ton règne qui commence,
Comprit que tu seras très grand.

Digne fils du héros dont on te voit descendre
0 Nicolas ! tu suis les traces d'Alexandre :
Comme lui tu seras pacifique et humain.
Si ton sceptre est pesant, et lourde ta couronne,
L'amour de tes sujets, qui déjà t'environne,
Les feront légers à ta main !


Emile Dernay was the director of the magazine Mascarille and author of popular songs.

Nicholas II / Nicholas II and the soldier Bachourin
« on: June 08, 2018, 11:44:03 AM »
I create a new topic, to expose a beautiful anecdote about the Emperor Nicholas II.

In 1912, during the commemoration of the centenary of Borodino, a soldier named Bachourin was brutally escaped from the military ranks to head for the emperor. The event produced a great panic because the soldier was armed and no one had seen that he was making a claim. General Sukhomlinov finally succeeded in arresting him, but the emperor's horse was frightened and almost unseated the tsar.

The first part of the anecdote is reported by Alexander Spiridovich (Les Dernières années de la Cour de Tsarskoe Selo)

I found the continuation in Le Journal (n ° of November 13, 1912, p.4).

On October 23, 1912, Bachourin was sentenced to forced labor for life by military justice.

Finally, the emperor pardoned him on November 12, 1912. He explains in his ukase that it was because God healed Alexei. He wants to express his gratitude to God with a gesture of forgiveness. Bachourin is released.

Alexei had been a victim of a severe hemophilia crisis in October in Spala.

Olga Nicholaievna / L'Olga (French pastry)
« on: June 08, 2018, 02:39:53 AM »

In 1896, Tsar Nicholas II and the Empress came to France with Grand Duchess Olga. The little girl had a great success, and a French patissier invented a commemorative recipe to his name: L'Olga.

I found this recipe in the Journal des patissiers-biscuitiers (page 30) of 1899.

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