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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Upcoming Books 2017
« on: November 29, 2016, 02:31:18 PM »

New Year, new books: The first german biography about Marie Alexandrowna, available from March 1 2017

The author also wrote books about Alexandra (Charlotte of Prussia) and Maria (Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg)

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Upcoming Books 2016
« on: January 03, 2016, 11:02:45 AM »
New Year, new Books:

Zeepvat, Charlotte/Rosvall, Ted - Maria Pavlovna 1890-1958 (Feb 2016)

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 - Simon Sebag Montefiore (Jan 2016)

The Hohenzollern / German Royalty Exhibitons
« on: August 18, 2015, 11:55:36 AM »
WOMEN’S BUSINESS : How Brandenburg Became Prussia   I    FRAUENSACHE : Wie Brandenburg Preußen wurde

Special Exhibiton: August 22 – November 22, 2015

WOMEN’S BUSINESS is the first exhibition to focus on the significance that women in the House of Hohenzollern had on Brandenburg-Prussian history. It shows the goals, successes and defeats of the known and famous women of the Prussian dynasty, as well as those who remained unrecognized and forgotten.

The five-part exhibition displays unique loans from collections throughout Europe. They present the international network of Hohenzollern women and the diverse ideas and innovations that these women brought to Brandenburg-Prussia.

The exhibition is being held under the patronage of Sophie Princess of Prussia.


The Hohenzollerns came to Brandenburg and Berlin in 1415. They shaped the history of the region, Germany and Europe for 500 years. Focusing on the most important milestones, the development of the Brandenburg electorate to the Kingdom of Prussia and later German Empire will be concisely summarized. Women in the Prussian dynasty played an essential role that has rarely been acknowledged before now.


WOMEN’S BUSINESS shows that Hohenzollern marriage politics and the development of Berlin-Brandenburg were inseparably interconnected. Marriages sealed political alliances. Not only were territories expanded through marriages, but social, cultural and political connections were also established. Marriages anchored the Hohenzollern dynasty in Europe. The network that these women established reached from Italy to Denmark, and from England to Russia.

Room to Play

In a world dominated by men, women could only leave their marks on their courts when they cleverly made use of their own spheres of influence. Using the right strategies, they could influence history as a royal consort, queen or fashion icon. The roles of these women are impressively personified by their garments: WOMEN’S BUSINESS presents the oldest documented women’s dress in Brandenburg (c. 1460), as well as Empress Augusta’s coronation robe and the uniform of the last empress.

Setting the Course

1527 – At the side of Martin Luther, Electress Elisabeth vehemently campaigned for the Reformation in Brandenburg.

1614 – Electress Anna secured the right to her mother’s inheritance on the Rhine and another in East Prussia from her father, considerably enlarging the territories of the electors.

1700 – Queen Sophie Charlotte brought Italian opera and French garden design to Prussia, and supported the arts and sciences.

1807 – Queen Luise was the first to bring glamour to the Prussian army.

1914 – Crown Princess Cecilie fostered the image of Prussia as a military state wearing uniforms and spiked helmets.


Women greatly characterized our palaces. We are commemorating their impact at four authentic locations.

Sanssouci Palace − Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria was the only woman to live in the palace of Frederick the Great.

Glienicke Palace − Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach assembled Berlin’s intellectual elite around her.

Schönhausen Palace − Elisabeth Christine of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern and the dangerous liaisons at the court in Schönhausen.

From April 3 – November 22, 2015 at the above-mentioned palaces.

Is it worth the money?

New photos? New infos?

From the 5th October 2013 to 23th March 2014 the Landesmuseum Württemberg will show an exhibition about the marriages between the Romanovs and the Royal Family (and Dukes) of Württemberg.



The book is about Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria, Kaiserin Zita, Queen Mary and Tsarina Alix

Has anyone read it?



Vom Zarenpalast zu Coco Chanel: Das Leben der Großfürstin Maria Pawlowna Romanowa by Gunna Wendt.

Großfürstin Maria Pawlowna Romanowa (1890–1958) war eine ungewöhnlich kluge und eigensinnige Frau. Ihr rastloses Leben führte sie aus dem Zarenpalast quer durch Europa bis nach New York – ihre Ruhestätte fand sie auf der Insel Mainau, die ihr Sohn Graf Lennart von Bernadotte in ein Blumenparadies verwandelt hatte. In jungen Jahren wurde die junge russische Aristokratin mit dem schwedischen Prinzen Wilhelm verheiratet. Nach fünf Jahren verließ sie ihn wieder – und löste einen Skandal aus. Während des Ersten Weltkriegs arbeitete sie als Krankenschwester an der deutsch-russischen Front; durch die Oktoberrevolution ins Exil gezwungen, gelangte sie nach Paris, wo sie für ihre Freundin Coco Chanel als Designerin arbeitete. Sie war Modeberaterin, Reisefotografin und Autorin von Memoiren, die in den USA zum Bestseller avancierten. Die Biografie einer vielseitigen Frau, die ihrer Zeit voraus war – von der Erfolgsautorin Gunna Wendt.

Title Translation:
From the Tsar's palace to Coco Chanel: The Life of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna Romanova

Text translation:
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna Romanova (1890-1958) was an unusually intelligent and headstrong woman.
Her restless life led her from the Tsar's palace across Europe to New York - She found her resting place on the island of Mainau, which had turned her son, Count Lennart Bernadotte into a floral paradise.
In her early years, the young Russian aristocrat was married to Prince William of Sweden. After five years she left him - and caused a scandal.
During World War I she worked as a nurse at the German-Russian front; by the October Revolution forced into exile, she came to Paris, where she worked for her friend Coco Chanel as a designer.
She was a fashion consultant, travel photographer and author of memoirs, which became a bestseller in the United States.
The biography of a versatile woman who was ahead of her time - from the successful author Gunna Wendt.

Gunna Wendt also wrote books about the Romanoffs & Bernadottes at the Mainau island and a bio of Lennart Bernadottes second wife Sonja.

Had a Russian Grand duchess ever signed a Verzichtserklärung "disclaime or renounce of her and her children's rights" in the line/order of succession of the russian throne?

Many german/austrian Princesses or Archduchesses had to sign such a treaty to gain permission for marriage,
so if the russian Grand Duchesses had not disclaimed or renounced their rights, they and their children are in the line of succession.

Your    opinion?

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

The weddding will take place 2011 in Potsdam

Here a short notice from "BILD" Newspaper:

Samstag, 22. Januar 2011, 12:13 Uhr
Verlobung im Haus Hohenzollern

Berlin – Prinz Georg Friedrich von Preußen (34), Oberhaupt des Hauses Hohenzollern, hat sich mit Sophie Prinzessin von Isenburg verlobt. Das teilte das Haus Hohenzollern am Samstag in Berlin mit. Die Hochzeit werde noch in diesem Jahr stattfinden, voraussichtlich in Potsdam. Bei dem Paar handelt es sich nach den Worten einer Sprecherin um eine „Sandkastenliebe”. Der Prinz und die 32 Jahre alte Prinzessin kennen sich demnach schon von Kindesbeinen an. Prinz Georg Friedrich wuchs in der Nähe von Bremen und in Oldenburg auf, studierte im sächsischen Freiberg Betriebswirtschaft und arbeitete derzeit in Rostock für ein Unternehmen, das Patente aus dem Hochschulbereich vermarktet. Die in Hessen aufgewachsene Prinzessin Sophie studierte ebenfalls Betriebswirtschaft - allerdings in Freiburg und in Berlin. Dort arbeitet sie derzeit in einem Beratungsunternehmen für gemeinnützige Organisationen.

From Splendor to Revolution: The Romanov Women, 1847-1928 [Hardcover]
Julia P. Gelardi (Author)

Product Details

    * Hardcover: 512 pages
    * Publisher: St. Martin's Press (February 15, 2011)
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 0312371152
    * ISBN-13: 978-0312371159


I hope this book will be as great as "Born to Rule".
Maybe it's focused on some lesser known Grand Duchesses and not just on the Tsarinas..

The Wittlesbachs / Adelgunde of Bavaria (1917-2004)
« on: April 03, 2010, 11:43:46 AM »
Are there any infos or pics of Adelgunde?

She was the daughter of Prince Franz of Bavaria and Isabella of Croy.

A new Biographie of "Olly" will be out in September in Germany:

By author Detlef Jena, who also wrote two Books about the Pavlovna-Romanova-Sisters: Maria, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and Catherine, Queen of Württemberg

Mediatized Noble Families / The Seefried auf Buttenheims
« on: October 15, 2008, 07:57:53 AM »
I would like to talk about the Family of Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria, daughter of Leopold of Bavaria and Gisela of Austria.
She ran away and married Otto Count Seefried auf Buttenheim, which was a big scandal because he was a minor rank royal.
I don't know much about her husband and children, so let me know what you know.  ;)

I've read in "Ella" that there is an autobiography written by Victoria herself, why is it still unpublished???

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