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If anyone can ID any of these uniforms from the displays in the Alexander Palace I'd appreciate it very much! I believe they all belonged to Nicholas II, but I can't be sure.

This one I have labeled as NII's Scots Greys uniform -- is that correct?

I have these labeled as belinging to Aleksei Nikolaevich:

Is that correct?

Also, these are unidentified, but they're in the same grouping in my files with much of Aleksei's other militaria. Could these also have belonged to the tsesarevich?

Has anyone seen or read this book?

Быть русской императрицей, by Александр Крылов-Толстикович
Byt' Russkoi Imperatritsei: Istoricheskaia Proza, by Aleksandr Krylov-Tolstikovich (To Be a Russian Empress: Historical Prose)

Here's a summary from
002638      Krylov-Tolstikovich, Aleksandr. Byt' Russkoi Imperatritsei: Istoricheskaia Proza [To be a Russian Empress: Historical prose]. Moscow: Gala-press, 2003. 431 p. ill. Hardcover. 17 x 23.5 cm. ISBN 5938260167.  In Russian. $28.00
       This book is about the tragic fate of the last Russian Empress Aleksandra Fedorovna (1872-1918), wife of the Emperor Nicholas the Second. It deals primarily with her last 22 years in Russia. This biography is based on numerous little known personal documents of the Empress which allowed the author to describe her emotional and psychological life more fully than ever before. Bibliography. Black-and-white illustrations. Name index.

The business about "little known pesonal documents" sounds interesting, but my Russian is fairly limited, so I'm wondering if it's worth my investment...

One of my local antique shops has this book in the front window:
The War Between Russia and Japan.

It was printed in 1904, and is about 9x7 inches. I forgot to check the page count, but it must be at least 200. There are some photo plates included. No dust jacket, but the brown cloth cover is embossed with red, yellow and black artwork of "the Emperor of Japan and Czar of Russia".

If anyone would like to have this, and is willing to reimburse me, I'm happy to pick it up and have it shipped. They're asking $25 for it at the shop. It's in decent condition -- just a little tatty around the edges and has a few stamps from a high school library.

If you've got questions, let me know and I'll go check it out more carefully. I bet the shop would let me take a picture of the cover, as well.

I just had this book interloaned from the library:
Rasputin: Neither Devil Nor Saint, by Elizabeth Judas.

It's an interesting read so far -- very sympathetic to Rasputin -- but I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about the author. Are her reminisces accurate? And what about her purported history of Rasputin's early life?

Rasputin / Re: Rasputin and the Khlyst
« on: June 03, 2006, 07:48:08 AM »
From The Website: Khlysty’s :
Khlysts or Khlysty ([ch1061][ch1083][ch1099][ch1089][ch1090][ch1099] in Russian), a distorted name, which comes from the word [ch1093][ch1083][ch1099][ch1089][ch1090] (khlyst), meaning "a whip"; the original name was a made-up word [ch1061][ch1088][ch1080][ch1089][ch1090][ch1086][ch1074][ch1077][ch1088][ch1099] (Khristovery, "Christ-believers") or [ch1061][ch1088][ch1080][ch1089][ch1090][ch1099] (Khristy), an underground sect in the late 17th, 18th, 19th and early 20th century that split off the Russian Orthodox Church and belong to the Spiritual Christians (??[ch1093][ch1086][ch1074]?[ch1099][ch1077] [ch1093][ch1088][ch1080][ch1089][ch1090][ch1080]??[ch1077]) tenency
It is said to be founded by a peasant Daniil Filippovich (or Filippov) from Kostroma. The Khlysty renounced priesthood, holy books and venerating the saints. They believe in a possibility of direct communication with the Holy Spirit and of its embodiment in alive people. Curiously enough, they allowed their members to attend Orthodox churches. The central idea of Khlystys' ideology was to practise asceticism. Khlysty practised the attainment of divine grace through sin in ecstatic rituals (called [ch1088][ch1072][ch1076][ch1077][ch1085][ch1080][ch1103], or radeniya) that sometimes seem to have turned into mass orgies. Flagellation, on the other hand, was also a frequent practice.  
Secret Khlysty cells existed throughout pre-revolutionary Russia (with approximately 40,000 followers); they were most common in the factories of the Perm district. Each cell was normally led by a male and a female leader, who were called the "Christ" and the "Mother of God" respectively.  
Grigori Rasputin was reputed to have, at some stage, been a Khlyst, and to have led some sort of secret Khlysty cell among the society ladies of Saint Petersburg.  

There were certainly rumors that Rasputin was a Khlyst, but most reputable biographers point out that there is no evidence to support the rumor.

Hi, all!

I'd like to make a suggestion about how we title our new threads:


I enjoy answering questions folks have about the Imperial Family, but I have a limited amount of time I can spend here each day, and I tend to pass over threads called:
"I have a question"
"I was just wondering"
"Can anyone tell me?"
and so on...

It's much more useful if you can say something specific, so other members will know at a glance if they can be helpful. Even a thread with a title as brief as "Smoking?" is more informative than "Does anybody know?"


Having Fun! / Find that dress/uniform/outfit!
« on: May 22, 2006, 11:30:56 PM »
Here's a new challenge. I'll post a contemporary photo of a piece of imperial clothing, and your job is to find a vintage photo of an Imperial Family member wearing it. Many, many thanks to Grand_Duchess_Ash for the majority of the scans I'll be posting!

I'll start with an easy one:

Forum Announcements / Imperial Family's letters from exile
« on: April 23, 2006, 11:21:09 AM »
Hi all!

Bob has kindly posted my small collection of the Imperial Family's letters from exile in the Diaries & Letters section of the Alexander Palace Time Machine site. There are both Russian and English letters by NAOTMAA and Marie Fyodorovna available for reading.

Since my Russian skills are mediocre at best, if anyone is willing and able to tranlsate the Russian-language letters into English, I would appreciate it very much if you would share them with me via PM. There are quite a few I've not yet read myself!


Imperial Transportation / Standart interior photos
« on: April 04, 2006, 04:23:02 PM »
I know there have been threads in the past with photos of the Standart, but since Harald's unfortunate departure, they're sort of at loose ends. I thought it would be best to start a fresh thread of interior photos, so we don't have to wade through the gaps Harald left behind.

As Harald's photos have become something of a sensitve issue, I won't be posting any from his collection. Here's his website, where you can see them for yourself:

The majority of my photos come from the Beinicke albums.

Forum Announcements / New & different
« on: March 26, 2006, 08:50:25 AM »
Since the forum has been updated, I thought it'd be useful to have a place where we can give each other a heads up about some of the changes.

Some nifty things I've noticed:
- avatar photos no longer have to be 100x100 square
- you can now archive your old PMs in a "storage" folder
- there's a whole lot of new smilies

The Final Chapter / Photos of governor's mansion, Tobolsk
« on: March 02, 2006, 09:46:11 PM »
A thread to share photos of the Romanov's 'home' in Tobolsk.

Alix's drawing room:

The Alexander Palace / Interior watercolors of the AP
« on: February 22, 2006, 08:46:42 AM »
Hikaru posted this in another thread, and it got me thinking:
an Extract from the article of L.V. Bordovskaya:
" In 1918 AP was opened for visitors as museum. Before it , there was a long difficult fight in order to open the palace as museum, including all rooms , children suites as well. Those days children room had a menace to be closed as "the rooms without art's value". From this part of the palace, after making a item's list in September 1918, began to take out books (manuals) and some furniture ( for various orphanage).
They continued to pass to various orphanages books, manuals and furniture during 1920ies. In 1931, it was decided to close children rooms completely. It was also decided to give all remained things from these rooms to various places.
Museum staff was failed to conserve these rooms. So they ordered to 2 painters to make 12 watercolors. "

Did the artists actually complete all 12 paintings? I've seen only 7 from this period. Here are the ones I have:

Aleksei's Bedroom:


Grand Duchesses' Classroom:

Olga & Tatiana's Bedroom:

I also have a watercolor of Aleksei's Classroom, which I will post later. (It's spread over two pages of Toys of the Tsar's Children, so it's going to be difficult to photograph or scan clearly.)

Having Fun! / Color Photos XIII
« on: January 24, 2006, 04:52:58 PM »
Here we go again!  ;)

Forum Announcements / Show off your Romanov library!
« on: January 24, 2006, 08:08:43 AM »
Hey folks --

This thread, Space Alien Intervention, started as a gag, but has turned  into a place for people to post photos of their royalty book collections. (If you want to know how that happened, you'll just have to read it  ;))

I'd like to invite all of you to add to the thread -- post some photos of your bookshelves so we can gape at them. There are a couple of really amazing collections so far.


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