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Having Fun! / Re: Looking for pictures III.
« on: October 13, 2011, 03:17:23 PM »

That's Maria. ;^)

The photo Izabella is looking for is on page 41.

Ops! Sorry! and thanks for correction!
But i think i have it... *she searches*

Found it!
here you are Izabella!

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/706/1912nastjaaltalenafinla.jpg/



Aha! Many thanks Sunny!

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Having Fun! / Re: Collages on Photobucket
« on: October 13, 2011, 12:09:25 PM »
Thanks everyone! Has anyone else made any?

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Having Fun! / Re: Collages on Photobucket
« on: October 12, 2011, 12:41:17 PM »
Thank you everyone! Olga one is coming...

Love the Tatiana one...may I ask where you got the lower left-hand photo (in the chair)?

Hmm, I think I got it from otma.blog.cz (Grand Duchess Ally's site) but I have it here for you:
http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g401/PieceOfLivingHistory/Tatiana%20Nikolaevna/t9-1.jpg

Tah dah! Olga:
http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g401/PieceOfLivingHistory/Olga%20Nikolaevna/o13-1.gif

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Having Fun! / Re: What Royal history book would you like & its title?
« on: October 12, 2011, 12:39:17 PM »
I'm writing a fictional book about Princess Beatrice of Battenburg as a teenager. It's just for fun, but I call it 'Through My Eyes'.

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Having Fun! / Re: The Romanovs - your subject of interest?
« on: October 12, 2011, 12:36:55 PM »
OTMA (Birth to death)
 NAOTMAA (Ancestry, traits etc.)
 and Imperial Dress (Photos, materials)

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Having Fun! / Re: Looking for pictures III.
« on: October 12, 2011, 12:22:00 PM »
Does anyone have the picture of Anastasia on the swing from Anastasia's Album? It's the one that looks as if it's from 1913.

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Having Fun! / Re: Collages on Photobucket
« on: October 12, 2011, 11:42:34 AM »
Thank you everyone! Olga one is coming...

Love the Tatiana one...may I ask where you got the lower left-hand photo (in the chair)?

Hmm, I think I got it from otma.blog.cz (Grand Duchess Ally's site) but I have it here for you:
http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g401/PieceOfLivingHistory/Tatiana%20Nikolaevna/t9-1.jpg

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The Imperial Family / Re: OTMAA's Formal Photos
« on: October 10, 2011, 10:28:14 AM »
That's okay, I make mistakes loads!

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Hi, I really need photos of Beatrice and her husband and/or children. Does anyone have any?
Thanks so much, GDI

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The Imperial Family / Re: OTMAA's Formal Photos
« on: October 09, 2011, 09:51:06 AM »
This image I like very much, it hurts is not of good quality.



Better quality for you:
http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g401/PieceOfLivingHistory/10.jpg
However it is not really a formal.

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I think if you are writing a historical novel you can invent things, but where real people are involved you have to stay in keeping with what is known about them. In my novel I do have some scenes involving the Imperial Family (my fictitious hero briefly finds himself becoming ADC to the Tsarevich). Alexei is rather a brat (he decides he must have an ADC!) but is frustrated at not being allowed to do normal boyish things like riding a bike, and wants his ADC to teach him how to use a revolver. Olga is rather serious, Tatiana a bit bossy, and Marie and Anastasia a bit silly - Marie wants the hero to show her how to do the tango when he is inveigled into partnering her during a dancing lesson. I am presuming that the girls did have a dancing mistress and that Baroness Buxhoeveden played the piano.

Going back to points made earlier, what happened to the girls was quite unpleasant enough without having to invent anything.

Ann

Personally, since i'm writing specifically on the IF i'm sure i can invent only when history have some little wholes. I see my own writing job like embroidering where history can't explain. To make me understand: i'm becoming quite mad because i always want to go into details. I only write about 2 months & a half, and i want to be as much precise as i can be. I'm buying mass of books about IF to go into details, even if the way i write is difficult to satisfy. I'm conscious i'm maybe too detailed, but that's the only way i know &love. I want pass my needle into history's wholes but carefully - i could broke the texture! One must be as reliable as possible even when inventing where history lacks. I do not like when author invent almost everything...
Writing historical fiction is an immensely hard thing to do, because you want to create a good story, but you can't stray too far from the facts, because there will always be history fanatics (such as ourselves) being picky about details. However, huge mistakes and imaginings such as these are just unforgivable and really ruin such a fascinating, but tragic story.
 If people want to create good historical fiction, a lot of research into events and people and their emotions is required. This author seemed to have researched the story well until you read huge errors, like the girls governess travelling with them, when she had been dismissed years before the story was set. He also paid no attention to the real characters and created his own.
We are hugely lucky that there are some brilliant authors out there who can write historically accurately for our enjoyment and also that we can identify such errors, as there are some who will take them as fact.

(P.S Thank you for clearing up that the quotes were imagined. It does seem feasible and would explain the exaggeration.) 

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and there was one quote at the start of a chapter that I was horrified by:
'I remember this about her: I hated her. I remember I hated her. When I heard they'd slaughtered them all, I felt sorry about Nicholas... and Marie of course and the boy...But her. I thought: I hope she suffered. Yes, I know, it's a terrible thing to say. But you didn't know her like I did.'
Does anyone know whose quote this is, or what Anastasia did to make him/her hate her? Or even if it is a real quote? I know that Anastasia was quite a cruel child, but IMO she wasn't anywhere near cruel enough to deserve the fate she did.


Are you sure this quote is in reference to Anastasia? I've not read the book, but to me it sounds more characteristic of people's feelings toward Alexandra.
Well, seeing as all the other quotes at the start of the chapter were peoples opinions of Anastasia, it would be a bit odd if one quote was about Alexandra. However, I agree that it sounds more like her that Anastasia.

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I've just finished 'THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE', which I have talked about in another thread with Sunny. It was very, very well written and engaging and if I didn't know what I did, I'd have been really into it. However, it did have dozens of inaccuracies (As Sunny has pointed out) and one massive new one.
 The imperial family were executed in the basement of the Ipatiev house, not in the courtyard outside as the author suggests but I didn't even know that there was a courtyard! and there was one quote at the start of a chapter that I was horrified by:
'I remember this about her: I hated her. I remember I hated her. When I heard they'd slaughtered them all, I felt sorry about Nicholas... and Marie of course and the boy...But her. I thought: I hope she suffered. Yes, I know, it's a terrible thing to say. But you didn't know her like I did.'
Does anyone know whose quote this is, or what Anastasia did to make him/her hate her? Or even if it is a real quote? I know that Anastasia was quite a cruel child, but IMO she wasn't anywhere near cruel enough to deserve the fate she did.
Thanks in advance, GDI
Oh yes, and Tatiana was raped at the end. Just thought I'd mention that.

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