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Russian Noble Families / Re: Princes Golitzin
« on: May 02, 2006, 08:57:17 AM »
Fascinating thread ~ and amazing knowledge! Now I wonder if anyone can help me with this query. I have a book called 'Spirit to Survive' by Princess Nicholas Galitzine, published in 1976. It tells of her childhood in Russia, her Father's (Count Dmitri Tatischeff) murder in 1919, and her own subsequent exile and marriage to Prince Nicholas Galitzine. They came to England in 1932, which is more or less where the book ends. Prince Nicholas died in 1958. I know the Princess was still alive in 1977, because she has written in the front of my copy of the book 'With my kindest regards and best wishes, Irina Galitzine, May 21st 1977'. And I know from a table at the back of the book that she had four children, Irina (called Boulia), Dmitri (called Mima), who married Patricia Wingfield, Valentina and Maria. But that's it. Is anything known of the years 1932 onwards, the later life of the Princess, the whereabouts and lives of her children? I would be grateful for any information.

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Fabergé Books
« on: May 02, 2006, 08:35:19 AM »
I have just one book on Faberge which doesn't seem to have been mentioned yet ~ it's rather old but I've treasured it for many years now. It's a big book, called 'Peter Carl Faberge, Goldsmith & jeweller to the Russian Imperial Court and principal Crowned Heads of Europe : an illustrated record and review of his life and work, Ad 1846 - 1920', by Henry Charles Bainbridge. Published 1949 and dedicated to HM Queen Mary. The written style is rather flowery and old fashioned now, but the  plates are wonderful ~ 126 of them with excellent chapters on the man, his work, his clients etc. I bought it after I had seen the Faberge objects in the collection of Lady Zia Wernher in about 1995 ~ sadly all dispersed now I'm told. Still, at least I have the record in the book.

Glad you enjoyed it. If you want to know more about the Imperial children and their tutors, you'll find it in 'Tutor to the Tsarevich' by J C Trewin (compiled from the journals and possessions of Mr Gibbes) ~ published by MacMillan 1975 ~ lots of photos too. I think the American edition had a different title ('The House of Special Purpose') which was silly as only a tiny part of the book is about that. As Rachel says, titles can be misleading! Also,  the French tutor Pierre Gilliard's 'Thirteen Years at the Russian Court' has a lot about his teaching of the five children, and he describes their individual characters. It's a very old book (1920's), but I think it's available on the AP Books thread. If you are learning French, you could always try it in the original, which has the title 'Le Tragique Destin de Nicolas II et de sa Famille' ~ again, note the title change for the English edition.

That's very cheap for Lovell's 'Anastasia' ~ mine cost £22.95 way back in 1992! Did you know there is a photo album based on the Blair-Lovell collection, called 'Royal Russia'? it's done in a sort of 'retro' style, with the result that some photos are a bit smudgy and grainy, but worth a lool all the same. Happy Reading!

Yes, there is another thread on page 4 of 'Books and Films', started by Leuchino. I wrote on it on 10th February. I agree, a good little book with lots of interesting  info, especially for the period after 1918. The book meant a lot to me as I was lucky enough to be able to go through all the materials Gibbes brought back with him, when they were part of the Wernher collection kept at Luton Hoo, a mansion in Bedfordshire, UK. The author of 'The Romanovs and Mr G' (Frances Welch) told me that all these materials were later placed in storage by Christie's (auctioneers) of London, awaiting a sale, but I don't know where they are now. I have an inventory of some of them. His photos on glass plates were wonderful ~ I made prints from some of them (see' Imperial Family'~ rare photos of OTMA thread)

Having Fun! / Re: Just a little game....
« on: April 10, 2006, 12:42:14 PM »
Of course, everyone is welcome! Make it a hard one.........

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: April 07, 2006, 05:52:17 AM »
Bob G : Thanks for the PM. I tried to reply, but there seems to be a fault. You were the first to respond, and so the book is yours ~ please let me know where to send it. Thanks and apologies to those who also expressed interest.

Having Fun! / Re: Just a little game....
« on: April 06, 2006, 07:33:50 AM »
...I think that means it's Ritka's turn to post a piece now....

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: April 06, 2006, 02:17:13 AM »
Sorry about that Nelly : I obviously got my 'Dearests' and 'Darlings' mixed up! Anyway, the book  has now been promised to our friend in Hawaii!

During my recent enforced period off the internet (how I missed it!!), I had a sort out and found I have spare copies of the following books if anyone is interested :

Memories of Russia 1916 - 1919, by Princess Paley : Royalty Digest Edition, 1996, hardback. only 150 were printed in this edition. (I was lucky enough to find an original 1924 edition ~ hence this one is now spare)

And I've got spare paperback copies of Massie's N & A, and also his 'Romanovs : The Final Chapter', but I expect everyone on the Forum has got them !

Anyway, all free to a good home : strictly no book dealers !!!

The Imperial Family / Re: The Paleys
« on: April 06, 2006, 02:01:47 AM »
Followers of this thread may be interested in a book I've just posted on the 'Duplicate Books' thread ~'Memories of Russa, 1916 -19' by Princess Paley.

Having Fun! / Re: Just a little game....
« on: April 05, 2006, 09:39:49 AM »
That's a good one! Who will be first to spot the deliberate mistake? If it's you, don't forget to continue the thread by posting another piece of Romanov interest, containing a deliberate error.....

Having Fun! / Re: Just a little game....
« on: April 05, 2006, 03:02:39 AM »
PM's sent to Bella Regina and Ivan Komarov with answer.  (svm)

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: April 04, 2006, 04:45:54 PM »
Thanks Rachel : I've just PM'd you.

Having Fun! / Just a little game....
« on: April 04, 2006, 03:28:00 PM »
One of my old students and I have developed a novel way of apologising for not contacting each other as regularly as we ought, by saying that we have been in Russia taking part in events there during the reign of N & A (Yes, I know, completely silly, but fun!). The only rule is that the accounts have to be accurate apart from one deliberate error, which the other person has to spot. This has been going on for three years now, but here is an extract from the last message I received :
'As usual, I have to apologise to you, esteemed tutor, for failing to write for such a long time, but you see I was invited to Livadia for two weeks leading up to the ball to celebrate the sixteenth birthday of Olga Nicolaievna, and of course I had to go. It is wonderful there and everything was so perfect ~ the climate was just right and the new palace has to be seen to be believed. Olga herself met me when I arrived. I hadn't seen her since we met on the Isle of Wight when the Imperial Family came to see their English relations. We had plenty to talk about, and I was thrilled to see her sisters and brother again too. We spent most of the days outside, playing tennis, reading, just relaxing, and we even went shopping in Yalta several times with only one lady-in-waiting. The Ball itself was a splendid occasion. Everyone had presents for Olga. Her necklace (a gift from her parents) was made of 32 jewels, one for each of her name days and birthdays since she had been born. Her hair was up for the first time. Her dress was long and flowing, in the most delicate shade of blue imaginable. She danced nearly every dance with a different young officer, and as the night progressed, everyone agreed she was the perfect Grand Duchess. I shall never forget that night.....'

And the deliberate mistake is.............???

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: April 03, 2006, 07:14:18 AM »
Nelly : I'm just back on the forum after an enforced absence owing to a computer failure (formerly Markov), and I just happened to see your appeal for a copy of 'Dearest Child : letters between Queen Victoria and the Princess Royal, 1858 -1861'.  I have a copy which you would be welcome to have. It's a 1965 reprint, with a nice dust-wrapper and clear plastic protective cover. I 'rescued' it many years ago when a very unenlightened librarian at the school where I taught at the time had placed it in a bin labelled 'to be pulped'! Can you believe that?!! It does have the remains of a few library labels, which have been roughly torn out, but other than that it's fine. The letters are entertaining, sad, amusing ~ but always interesting. I have always liked Roger Fulford's work : in this book he expresses his gratitude to another 'hero' of mine ~ David Duff ~ who I am glad to see features in another thread now. Apparently Duff arranged that many volumes of the letters should be returned from Hesse to England. Anyway, if you would like the book to complete your collection, you would be very welcome.  

I'm just back on the Forum after a major computer failure (formerly Markov), and thrilled to find a new thread on David Duff! Thanks Rachel, and well done for finding 'Hessian Tapestry', which was given to me as a gift when it first appeared in 1967, and has been a constant source of information and enlightenment ever since! The notes and bibliography have led me to some exciting primary sources too. I also liked 'The Shy Princess', 'Edward of Kent', 'Queen Mary' and, perhaps my favourite living as I do not so far from Sandringham, 'Whisper Louise', which tells the story of Louise Cresswell and her struggles to farm in Norfolk at a time when the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) was breeding millions of pheasants to be blasted out of the sky by himself and his guests. David Duff gives a sympathetic account of the ups and downs of Mrs Cresswell, who was a strong and determined woman ~ and quite prepared to stand up to royalty! She also wrote her own story I believe, but I've never seen it. Great to see David Duff remembered so fondly by forum members.

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