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Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Peter the Great
« on: February 01, 2013, 04:57:04 AM »
My gosh, I know! I have been meaning to come here and read and post for several months now, but have lacked the time!

My writing which would mainly focus on the Romanov dynasty is on hold. I realize, as I map out what I want to do, the many details which need to be researched before I can really put pen to paper... well, I can get it started, but it will take years to write.

This saga is in 3 parts - At least, that is my intention. It might end up being longer, like 6 parts, depending on how things work out length-wise.

My story so far focuses heavily on Petr's court. I change history a bit to have him wed, willingly, 2 years before he really did, and his wife dies in childbirth with their only child, his son and heir. Then I go back on the course of history, have him pressured to wed Eudoxia, have Alexei, and go from there mostly correct to history. The only change (a big one I know) is my character is the heir to the throne. A big sibling rivalry ensues between him and Alexei because of that. As years pass, my character (I named him Evgeni, simply because the meaning of the name is "noble/aristocrat") grows up desiring to keep Russia modernized, westernized, and strong. But here's the kicker: In 1710, Evgeni is ambushed while riding his horse and kidnapped. Eventually he comes to the horrific realization that his captor is a vicious, ancient vampire. So I have him eventually turned into a vampire.

Since I want to be as detailed as possible, this means I'll need to do a LOT of reading and asking questions. I am going to be very careful with the details, right down to:
Times and Places of certain historical events (of course that's a given)
Etiquette in Petr's court
Ranks/Titles at the time
Landscapes (kind of essential since I have Evgeni kidnapped in a forest)
WEAPONRY (this is ESSENTIAL since I focus on a particular sword owned by Petr, which Evgeni smuggles out of the palace upon his father's death and uses it to behead vampires; I imagine the sword to have the Romanov crest in gold on the blade somewhere)
Religious customs (obviously of interest, especially since Petr hated the church; I also wonder if Evgeni would be able to wed an Ottoman Princess)

All that and more from the time of Petr. Then, I have Evgeni assist, kind of anonymously, his descendants (some of them; he couldn't assist all of them because he'd be found out) in their respective rules. I plan to have him help Elizaveta and Ekaterina the Great stage their coups, Alexander I defeat Napoleon, and other key events. ..

Which means, I need to research the CHANGES that would be made to the above and more throughout the centuries.

So yeah, I have my work cut out for me.

Meanwhile the other writing that I thought of, about a protagonist's ancestor being a clergyman for the Tzar and making ikons of the saints and angels, I decided it might be even more impressive to have those ikons be older than Petr, and they might be better suited for a different Tzar anyway. So I am debating between Mikhail and Alexei I or maybe even Feodor. That would merit some more research to determine which I would go with.

At any rate, it is great that this board exists because when I want to get started on this research, I know there are plenty of experts who can help me out!

So yeah, sorry about the slight departure from topic.

Amazing paintings. They can really help me out too!

Having Fun! / Re: Grand Duchesses' Headdresses: Can I make one?
« on: October 09, 2012, 10:06:09 AM »
Thanks for trying. I was under the impression that they were kokoshniks too but apparently not, since they weren't in use after the 1800s and worn only by married women. I did search google first, and since I couldn't find anything of use I came here.

Having Fun! / Grand Duchesses' Headdresses: Can I make one?
« on: October 08, 2012, 10:55:53 PM »
Hi guys,
I did not think any topic had been posted here for this and I thought it was most appropriate here. I'm wondering about the headdresses the Grand Duchesses wore with their court dresses. Either that, or their tiaras.

Are there any sort of instructions online on how to make one of those headdresses? I'd love to be able to make one!

Thanks so much in advance!

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei anecdotes
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:19:26 AM »
Ahh, okay, thanks! Yeah I was wondering about that!

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei anecdotes
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:36:33 AM »
Ah yes well I was looking for anecdotes in general, but that is very interesting. Poor kid. Interesting point about the archery, I remember that photo!

Thanks guys!

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei anecdotes
« on: July 12, 2012, 10:29:24 PM »
I thought I'd post about this because it ties into my request for anecdotes about interactions with the revolutionaries... I was really surprised to read this in Romanov Autumn. Apparently, Aleksei made friends/acquaintances of the revolutionary guards at the Alexander Palace and continued to try doing so in Tobolsk. He regularly went to the guard room to play a game called "Draughts." I'm not sure what exactly that is? ABut I found it interesting that also the guards he made friends with in Tobolsk, the 1st and 4th Regiment, still considered him the Heir.

There wasn't anything in the book that concerned his interactions with the guards in Ekaterinburg though; I'm still very curious about that... but I wouldn't be surprised if there's really nothing known about that.

Imperial Transportation / Re: The Standart
« on: December 02, 2011, 02:51:31 AM »
That works out very well, Ann! Thankfully since the bulk of my story takes place in 2007, I only need to mention such details in passing, if at all, but they are extremely helpful!

Now that NaNoWriMo is over I am FREE!!!!!!!!! (excute the caps and extra exclamation points!) I am free to clean up what I have done so far, rewrite, and most importantly, add to my novel so that I can actually finish this thing! I plan on letting it go until January, and then I will work on it. I'm looking forward to it turning out much better than it did.

Imperial Transportation / Re: The Standart
« on: November 06, 2011, 02:06:57 AM »
Thanks Mike! What better place to find out such information than here, huh? That's very helpful and facinating! With that information, I can have my characters be from noble families and still be relatively poor compared to other families.

Imperial Transportation / Re: The Standart
« on: November 06, 2011, 01:02:06 AM »
That's very interesting Mike! So it wouldn't be unrealistic at all to have a young officer in his '20s, perhaps, on the Standart, who was not of noble birth, perhaps supported his parents and sister? Another officer I have in mind could definitely be an aristocrat, who was a hero in the Russo-Japanese War (I know it was a disaster but I have in mind that he saved the lives of several of his fellow sailors during a battle). What do you think, is this realistic at all? See, I asked questions like these in Writer's Circle and never got any answers, so I wasn't sure where else to ask.

Imperial Transportation / Re: The Standart
« on: November 04, 2011, 04:07:08 PM »
Thank you so much, that's very helpful! I'm glad I found this out before actually writing it; I originally had them be middle class or peasants. Now that I know that they would have been aristocrats, that makes things even more interesting for my novel!

Imperial Transportation / Re: The Standart
« on: November 04, 2011, 01:12:59 AM »
I wonder if I could ask about the officers on the Standart... For my novel, two of my characters are officers on the Standart, young, in their early/mid 20s. I'm wondering what social class they would have been (and likewise, their families)?

Thanks in advance!

Haha thanks for clearing that up; since I'm blind I assumed it was Dot!

Yeah in '93 it was LOL. But because I discovered the Romanovs 5 years before that, I got the joke :)

Somebody thought he was, but yeah, thanks :) ROFL I THOUGHT he said Anasthesia, but I couldn't tell if that was his speech/pronunciation/accent/dialect whatever, or if it was a mistake on his part hahaha.

Which flashes back to Animaniacs: "We're gonna have to dumb the pain with a little Anasthasia." *Dot whacks Rasputin w mallet while wearing fancy dress* "Obscure joke. Talk to your parents."

Bill Paxton's character is not a reporter, but a kind of "deep sea archaeologist." The footage at the beginning of the sunken ship is actually real footage taken by Mike Cameron, a brother (I think?) of the film's director. Paxton's character Brock Lovett wants to find a fabled jewel called The Heart Of The Ocean, formerly part of the Bourbon Crown Jewels (another royalty reference there). Cameron based the gem's history on the Hope diamond. He says that Louis XVI wore the jewel and when the Revolution came about, "the crown jewel was chopped too, cut into a heart-like shape that became known as The Heart Of The Ocean." He finds the safe of the man who owned the jewel, on the sunken ship, and when he brings it up to the surface and cracks it open, he doesn't find the gem, but he finds a clue about it: a drawing of a woman wearing it, dated April 14, 1912. Lovett speaks TO reporters (maybe that's where you got the idea that he was a reporter?) and the elderly woman sees the broadcast and gets in touch with him, asking "I was just wondering if you have FOUND The Heart Of The Ocean yet, Mr. Lovett." The scene cuts to a helicopter flying to meet the ship that Lovett and his team are on, and that's when Bodine (you spelled it right) makes the comment referring to Anna Anderson, believing Rose to be an imposter "some nutcase seeking money or publicity, God only knows what! Like that Russian babe, Anastasia!" Lovett believes she is who she says she is, because "everybody who knows about the diamond is SUPPOSED to be dead, or on this boat, but SHE knows!"

The film does not start in 1912; it starts out in 1996. That's why we see submarines and helicopters and footage of the sunken Titanic at the beginning and throughout the film.

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