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French Royals / Re: Queen Marie Antoinette, Part II
« on: August 28, 2011, 04:31:13 PM »
Marie's painting by gothic fairy artist Jasmine Beckett-Griffith (aka Strangeling)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of her most famous works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emily x

Certainly a different take on Marie Antoinette..but I like it, it's playful.I hadn't seen it before..

 Correct, Robert, re "self publish."  If I'm not mistaken, these would be the so-called "Vanity Press" publications, and quite obviously, one has to agree to a specific number of copies to be printed at the initial run, absorbing ALL the involved costs!  
  If you can't sell them, then you are stuck with boxes of copies (unless one wishes to give VERY personalized holiday presents). An expensive alternative indeed!                                                          Regards,  AP.

Also, unfortunately most libraries and book stores don't look that kindly on Vanity Press books... They are immediately suspicious of them, even if they may be good... The way they see it, the book much be a "reject" if no one else wanted to publish it but you yourself! It's unfair but that's how it is... I know that our library won't even except Vanity Press into our catalog, even when the authors offer us copies for free... I think the best way to go if you want to self publish may be ebook self publication. It's a lot cheaper from what I understand and you just get royalties as you go along... and you have the control you want, and don't need to get it into bookstores or libraries. And eventually it may be successful enough to get published for "real". I would be very careful about self publishing though...

Interesting that your library won't accept even donations of self published books, I bet libraries would around where I live, but I live in the very rural midwest..I can understand libraries/ bookstores not having self published books though.True, a lot of self published stuff needs a LOT of editing, if not more help, even in e-book form.I know rather a lot about self publishing.I have a friend who wrote a book that was autobiographical fiction of his life, and he knew it wasn't good enough or a topic of wide enough interest perhaps (it's about his interest in cemeteries/ local history) to get it published except self publishing, he just wanted it get it out there.Even then, he admitted it needed a lot of editing.I love the book, since it is by my friend, it's my favorite book, but it does need a lot of editing/ help, even for self publishing.He was going to turn it into an e-book recently, but then he realized it needed more editing than he could do for that, so he decided not to do it, last I heard at least.I think self publishing is something that's okay if you just want your work read mostly by people who know you, or you just want to get out there even if you realize it's not good enough for commercial publishing, but yeah, if you want to be a serious author, it's best to not do that.The friend I mention above, he's a photographer too, and a really good one, he's a much better photographer than he is a writer.Me and he self published two books of his photography and my poetry earlier this year, just because we wanted to get it out there, and we did it for us as much as anyone else(and for the models in the pictures), and for people who know us.That's all we wanted out of doing it, those books are fine in my opinion, his photography is great, and my writing is fine and matches the pictures.Those two books really are beautiful, but unconventional(poetry about cemeteries).Self publishing is okay if you are just doing it for yourself as a hobby like we did, but most people want more than that out of doing a book.I guess there should really be a topic on the forum about this..I'm very off topic, but just wanted to put my 2 cents in as someone who knows about self publishing..

The Windsors / Re: Queen Victoria & hemophilia
« on: May 28, 2011, 06:16:14 AM »
It is certainly interesting that this recent descendent of Queen Victoria's has this disease.There's no evidence of hemophilia in Alice's line except for this, as far as I know,so it may have been sponteanous.I think it would have become public if Kraft of Hohenlohe- Langenberg had that disease, he would be a cousin of the British Royal Family, but who knows.I just think it would be strange for hemophilia not to appear somewhere else in this family line (beyond Alice), that of VMH and Alice of Battenberg who both had fairly large families, if I recall correctly.I'll have to read more on this.

I'm sure your book will be wonderful.I didn't read all of the vanished threads you made, but I remember when I was reading/ skimming through them at times I just would get overwhelmed at how much information there was, especially well sourced information, and I could never take it all in, and I would think, now this thread would make a great book! So I think this information would be better off in a book where it's more easily put together than in different threads spanning long distances of time, mixed with a lot of different people's replies.A lot of threads on Alexandra tend to go on to the individual posters' own answers/ speculation about Alexandra's life, but your threads always had a lot of facts/ sources.Of course, there's a lot about Alexandra's life that will always be open to interpretation and speculation, and I find that interesting to read, but that belongs on more on a forum,than in a book, that's one of the great things about this forum, being able to read different people's take on matters regarding the IF, other royal families, and history.The kind of stuff that you were posting always seemed to me book material, I would have a far easier time absorbing it all in book form.I first got really seriously interested in the Romanovs when I was 11, almost 12, so around the same age as everyone else on here did..but I didn't get on the forum until I was 19.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« on: May 24, 2011, 04:54:43 AM »
In a RHB's picture avatar above(signature area) where the "T" picture is Tatiana in the 1914 Formal photographs,does anyone know what kind of flower she is posing by? Just curious.That's one of my favorite pictures of her, and I can't ever recall asking what type of flower it was..

Having Fun! / Re: OTMA Poetry part 2
« on: May 24, 2011, 04:16:16 AM »

This is great, the image and the words put together, it is very artistic!

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Who did Maria resemble?
« on: May 24, 2011, 04:03:19 AM »
Yes, because Nicky had a part of his father in him.
I can see that the original picture I posted disappeared.... so I´m re-posting:

I'm bumping an old thread and Im sorry about that. But Maria really does look like the woman in this picture, they have similar mouths and eyes. Is that Nicholas' mother?

Here, Marie seems to have her grandmother's eyes and her grandfather's face.Her resemblence to Alexander III has always been noted, but I had never noticed how er eyes were like her grandmother's before.Interesting comparison..

Olga and Vladimir met each other, but I think that might have only a few times. OTMA did meet his two sisters Irina and Natalia frequently on walks through the Alexander Palace and on Princess Paley's work shop, but before the war, Vladimir was frequently away at the Corp de Pages and after it he was fighting in it. But Princess Paley does mention one of these meetings in her memoirs in 1916:

We left Kiev on November 16th/29th for Mohileff, where the Grand Duke, with his suite, reinstalled himself in a house which he had rented at the moment of his being appointed Chief of the Corps de la Garde. I and my little daughters remained in the railway compartment which we continued to use as a residence. We remained in it a week. The Empress and her children had come to pay a visit to the Emperor. We were sent word that on November 22nd (old style) the Emperor, the Empress, the four Grand Duchesses and the Tsarevitch would come and drink tea with us at four o'clock. Great excitement! Our excellent chef began at once to prepare all kinds of sandwiches and cakes and petits fours, in which he excelled, and I and Vladimir set to work to find nice out-of-the-way sweets and fruits. An enormous table was laid, for we were to be a numerous party. At the hour fixed, the ihole Imperial family arrived. The Emperor was rather pale and seemed tired, the Empress looked beautiful and smiling, with a great deal of colour in her face. The Tsarevitch, with his refined and charming countenance, struck me by his look of fragility. The thinness of his neck distracted me. One could have taken it with two fingers. The four young Princesses, a little shy, placed themselves at one end of the table with the Grand Duke Dimitri, son of the Grand Duke Paul by his first marriage with the Princess Alexander of Greece. As hostess, I was at the other end of the table, the cups and samovar in front of me, with the Empress on my right and the Emperor on my left. The Grand Duke sat on the other side of the Empress. The afternoon passed gaily. The Empress wanted to know what I thought of the Livadia Palace, and I found myself torn two ways between the wish to be truthful and the fear of offending her. The Emperor came to my rescue and said with a laugh:

    "The Princess has at Tsarskoe the most beautiful house in the world, a veritable museum. How can you ask her to say what she thinks of our house, in which we have put more or less anyhow the things we liked, and which has no kind of style at all? "

Meanwhile the young people had retired to the drawing-room, and Vladimir, the life and soul of the company as always, had set some round games on foot. There was no feeling of constraint, no awkwardness. We could hear them laughing and shouting, and the dear little Tsarevitch seemed to be amusing himself enormously. His parents had all the difficulty in the world to get him away towards seven o'clock.

Thanks for posting this! They obviously got along, but I doubt they knew each oter particularly well.No formal thought was ever given to the idea of Vladimir and Olga marrying or anything like that as far I can recall, due to his morganatic status, so they never thougt of each other in this way, I'm sure.They likely thought of each other as friendly cousins, given the description here, which shows them getting along with their siblings in a group.Maybe if they both had survived the revolution, and had gotten to know eacch other better outside Russia, something may ave developed, between Vladimir and Olga, but that's impossible to know.

The Windsors / Re: Princess Diana - Part 2
« on: April 29, 2011, 10:27:59 AM »
People compare Kate and Diana, but it seems to me the comparisons aren't based on much, beyond the fact of Kate inheiriting Diana's role as a beautiful young royal who will very likely one day be Queen- Consort, a role Diana set up a lot of expectations for, to be sure.Different personalities, different life experience, both lovely, but very different types of beauty, is my final thoughts on the Kate/ Diana comparison.Diana only lived 7 years longer than the age Kate is now..that's something to remember It's hard to say what Diana would have been like as a mother in law..who knows where life would have taken her, had she lived, she might have had another child with someone and that might have occupied her attenion,so she wouldn't have been as possessive about her two oldest children.Like any mother, she loved her children and wanted the best for them, so I'm sure she would have been happy for William.Diana would be 49 now (would be 50) this year had she lived..hard to imagine, but not that old, really.Part of her legend is that she died so young, and so much happened to her in the 36 short years of her life.

Yeah, what Eugenie wore was not that great..that's all I will say.Beatrice looked okay, except for the hat.Catherine's dress looked a LOT like Princess Grace's wedding dress of the '50s.It did look sa bit like Princess Margaret's dress too.It was really understated..whereas Diana, 30 years ago went for an over the top look that ended up being really unique, but which also was typical of the early '80s fashion and years later ends up looking a bit dated.Catherine's wedding look isn't of the moment.. it's more timeless and simple, a nod to the past, but not it in a bad way.I thought she would go for something more unique, considering she was already wearing Diana's engagement ring,, however.The wedding looked like a very happy event for both the bride and groom, and hopefully will be happier than Charles and Diana's marriage.Unlike his parents, this royal marriage looks to be starting off in the right way..Charles and Diana didn't know each other that well well they married, whereas William and Kate have had a long and successful relationship.

Interesting.. they were both so young though; but it's possible.It would be interesting if they did, but unlikely.

Victoria Melita with daughter

Nice heavily beaded dress!! It reminds me more of later 1920s heavily beaded dresses, but she looked lovely in it.I don't think I had seen a picture of her in this dress before.

At least the Diana/ Charles disaster showed the royals that those kind of arranged, semi arranged marriages were no longer suitable in the modern era. Back in the day, Diana would have been like Alexandra and Charles like Edward VII, is my feeling.But in the modern era, that wasn't going to work, and the marriage collapsed, as it most likely would have, Camilla or no.They didn't know each other well, and Diana was so young and was in love, Charles was older and wiser true, but he felt forced to go along to some extent though I think he was going to make the best of it, and try.After all, he did not know her completely,and she didn't know what she was getting herself into.It was a recipe for disaster, and while a more compatible couple could have made it work ( marrying not knowing each other that well, semi arranged match) even in the modern era, ( George V and Mary of Teck was a arranged marriage, basically and it went great), Diana and Charles were just too different to make it work.

Having Fun! / Re: Polka Dot Blouses
« on: December 10, 2010, 01:55:01 AM »
Interesting thread.It reminded me of how in the '80s Diana, Princess Of Wales popularized the wearing of polka dot clothing. She even had polka dot high heels!

Yes, there are a lot of not so great books on Princess Diana. My advice would be to read as many of them as you can though. I have read pretty much all of them. I agree a lot of those books by people like Simone Simmons are hardly very accurate- but I find, if you have the time, it is best to read all of them, over the course of several years, just to see what's out there. If you don't have the time, then stick with the more official biographies and skip the more sketchy ones like Simone Simmons and others.

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