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Has anyone read this book, Tsarskoe Selo: Aleksandrovskii Dvorets? It's 34 pages, with approx. 60 photos, and Russian text. I'm considering buying it, but I'm mostly interested in Nicholas & Alexandra's rooms, and I'd like to know how much coverage that wing of the palace gets before I dish out the cash...

Oh, and I already have the exhibition catalog from At Home with the Last Tsar, which contains a fair number of AP interior watercolors.

Does anyone know anything about this film?
Istoricheskie khroniki s Nikolaem Svanidze. Nikolaj Romanov, Aleksandra Fedorovna. Chast' 1
It's a documentary released in 2004...and that's all I know!

Hey, folks --

How about we post our Russian/Romanov/royalty book wish lists here, and maybe we can help each other track them down? I know I've been helped immensely by fellow forum members in my book searches this last year, and I'm pleased to say I've discovered a few sweet deals for others as well. I'd like very much for this thread to become a sort of companion to the Duplicate Books thread. If we all keep our eyes open, I'm sure we can help our friends fill their bookshelves!

Here's what I'm on the lookout for:
Le Tseravitch, Enfant Martyr
Romanov Autumn, by Zeepvat
Toys of the Tsar's Children

If you see these anywhere for a reasonable price, please PM me!

Book Scouts, Unite!  ;)

Having Fun! / Color Photos XII
« on: December 12, 2005, 03:24:28 PM »
A fresh slate for our artists!

I know I posted on this subject before, but darned if I can find it...

Anyhow, is this the St. George (4th class?) medal Aleksei was awarded during WWI? I found the photo in the Russian book, Tsesarevich, but it's not captioned!

Ok, gang, I was lucky enough to wheedle an advance copy of Alexander's new book out of my bookstore's Penguin Putnam rep!

I finished it late last night, so what do you want to know?

Their World and Culture / Russian custom - sitting down before a journey
« on: November 02, 2005, 09:12:59 PM »
I've run across a reference in my reading to a traditional Russian custom of sitting down for a moment before undertaking a long journey. I'm vaguely familair with this custom, but can't remember the details or reasoning behind it -- can anyone refresh my memory?

I'd like very much to know what all of you think of the various books about Rasputin. Which are likely the most accurate? Are there any to avoid? Here are the ones I'm most familiar with:
Rasputin: The Saint Who Sinned, by Moynahan
Rasputin File, by Radzinsky
Rasputin: The Man Behind the Myth, by Maria Rasputin

I'd like to know more about:
Rasputin: a Life, by Fuhrmann (just got this from the library)
Rasputin: The Holy Devil, by Fulop-Miller
Rasputin: Satyr, Saint or Satan, by Myles
Rasputin: Rascal Master, by Oakley
Life and Times of Grigorii Rasputin, by DeJonge

I know there are individual threads about some of these books (I'll do a search and post some links here), but I'd appreciate having a central location with some collected thoughts on how the many titles compare with one another.


Forum Announcements / I'm gonna be PUBLISHED!
« on: October 10, 2005, 09:19:58 PM »
Hello, my virtual friends!

I just got word that Atheneum (they're part of Simon & Schuster) wants to buy my YA historical fiction novel!

I wonder how many Romanov books I should treat myself to as a celebration??  ;D

Has anyone else seen the History Channel documentary called THE REAL RASPUTIN? I'm always wary of History Channel's accuracy, but this production amazed me with the number of rare photographs of Rasputin, including some postmortem shots. (Seems like the same dozen or so appear in most bios...) It also interviewed people who knew him, and showed the current interior of his St. Petersburg apartment.

I'm wondering if there are any glaring historical inaccuracies I failed to catch while I was oogling the photos. For once, a History Channel show didn't have me shouting at the TV set  ::)

Nicholas II / Photos of Nicky in profile?
« on: September 25, 2005, 12:52:42 PM »
I found this in Marvin Lyon's book, Nicholas II. It's believed to be the only known photo of Nicky in profile. He hated his profile (to his mind it was too similar to the murdered Emperor Paul's), but this was taken as a study for the Imperial Mint to use on coins and medals. The only other profile photos I've even heard of are the ones Pankratov insisted be taken for the family's ID papers in Tobolsk. I know I've never seen another profile -- anybody else?

Hey folks --

Penny Wilson recently referred me to this book as an excellent source for the Imperial Family's letters from captivity:  
It's called Pered Rasstrelom [Before the Shooting].

Unfortunately for some of us, it's only available in Russian. I just got my copy, and it's probably going to take ages to translate, but I'm very excited!  8)

Each member of the family has their own section in the book. Here's the breakdown:
Nicky - 6 letters
Alix - 48 letters  
Olga - 34 letters
Tatiana - 24 letters
Maria - 11 letters
Anastasia - 1 letter
Alexei - 12 letters

Their correspondents include Anna Vyrubova, Kolya Derevenko, Ksenia Alexandrovna, Pyotr Petrov, Margarita Khitrovo, Tatiana Botkin, and others. This book includes many more letters for the years 1917-18 (though not the replies) than Lifelong Passion, which relies much more on diary entries from this period.

Anybody with nothing better to do than help me translate is welcome to pm me!  ;)

Tatiana Nicholaievna / About that wig!
« on: September 16, 2005, 08:05:49 AM »
Do we know of any first-hand comments from Tatiana regarding the wig she wore throughout 1913? I just wondered what she thought of it -- since she seemed fairly comfortable walking around the palace grounds bald-headed in 1917.

Also, was it common knowledge at the time (1913) that she'd had her hair shaved, or was the fact kept from the general population?

Their World and Culture / Russian folk music?
« on: September 06, 2005, 07:50:02 PM »
Anyone know of any good Russian folk music CDs out there? Especially songs with vocals.

I've got plenty of access to collections of Russian classical composers, balalaika orchestras, and religious music, but very little else.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Atlantis Magazine
« on: August 08, 2005, 08:49:40 PM »
Anyone know if the special Fate of the Romanovs edition of Atlantis Magazine is still available? I read somewhere that Atlantis isn't being printed any longer...


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