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The Imperial Family / Re: The Imperial children "sad,sheltered" life?
« on: February 03, 2021, 09:41:16 PM »
I recommend Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone's biography For My Grandchildren. She discusses how her mother would invite other little girls over to play because Alice only had one sibling - her brother Charles. Alice notes that this was unusual in her family - her grandmother Queen Victoria did not approve of royalty forming close friendships outside the family circle. Alice notes that cousins who had four or five siblings were expected to just socialize with their siblings and cousins as children. Empress Alexandra may well have shared some of Queen Victoria's concerns about suitable friendships for royal children.

I also recommend books about early to mid 20th century debutantes in Britain such as Last Curtsey by Fiona McCarthy and Debs at War by Anne de Courcy. de Courcy notes "Girl children were often lonely" and the reminiscences of the debutantes indicate that many had little social life as children before making their formal debut into society at seventeen or eighteen. One debutante recounted having little contact with anyone as a child except for her parents, her governess, her pony and her dog, recalling that at her family's country estate, "There were no children of my sort of age near by. I did very much miss young people."

If Nicholas and Alexandra's daughters had limited social contacts as children - and their letters/correspondence indicate more contact with other people than previous assumed - this limited social life would not have been unusual for young women of their era and social class. Alexandra's parenting often receives critical scrutiny but she was certainly not the only royal/aristocratic parent whose daughters lived comparatively quiet lives as children.

Having Fun! / Re: Did the Romanov kids read L Frank Baum?
« on: June 06, 2019, 09:51:31 PM »
Yes, in The Innocents Abroad!

I received this book for my birthday - it's very beautiful & historically accurate. I like that you not only included Faberge eggs and Romanov portraits but the architecture of Imperial Saint Petersburg. The captions and images make the book well worth reading, even for readers (like myself) who do not usually buy colouring books.

Thank you! Enjoy the book! Best of luck with your thesis.

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

I agree - there is a lot of depth to this book with the inclusion of previously unpublished memoirs as well as Tatiana's letters and diaries.

P.S. Suzanne is my middle name - I think Carolyn may have been taken as a username when I signed up for the forum all those years ago!

French Royals / Re: Queen Marie Antoinette, Part II
« on: November 12, 2015, 01:24:15 PM »
My 2nd book, Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette has been published by Palgrave Macmillan as part of the Queenship and Power series

All the best

Carolyn Suzanne Harris

See the book  Interpreting the Russian Revolution: The Language and Symbols of 1917 (1999) by Orlando Figes and  Boris Kolonitskii. There's a chapter on perceptions of the Russian Imperial family that includes how nurses were perceived in WWI Russia.

The Windsors / Re: Books on British royalty (non-Tudor)
« on: May 02, 2015, 05:26:22 PM »
My first book, "Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada" was published by Dundurn Press today. The book includes lots of royal history from King John to Queen Elizabeth II. There's even a Russian history sidebar on attempts to limit Empress Anna Ivanovna's power.

To order directly from Dundurn Press:

On Amazon:

Thanks&Enjoy the book!

Carolyn Suzanne Harris

Olga's last home is up for sale in Toronto - I'm quoted in this article in the Toronto Star (Carolyn Harris) about Olga's life in Canada.

The Stuarts of Scotland / Re: Queen Anne 1665-1714
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:13:03 PM »
Has anyone else read James Anderson Winn's book, Queen Anne: Patroness of Arts? I found it fascinating - reveals Anne's full cultural and political influence. Here's my review.

Here's my review - I really enjoyed the book, especially the WWI sections

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.

The Windsors / Re: Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll
« on: January 04, 2014, 06:19:20 PM »
Has anyone else read Lucinda Hawksley's new book about Princess Louise? - I do not agree with her claim that the Princess bore a secret child before her marriage for the reasons I mention in my review of the book.

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