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Offline Lucien

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NEW BOOK on Alexandra Feodorovna
« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2008, 02:42:12 AM »
After two rather fraught days on the Forum, I did some late night shopping in Borders bookshop - best form of relaxation - and getting rid of money - I know.

The book is a private publication and quite extraordinarily the lady who has authored the book lives right beside where I used to live.

The title is -

                                                                                The Memoirs of

                                                                                 EMILY LOCH

                                                                             Discretion in Waiting

A synopsis -

'Emily Loch knew Alix, Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt, the last Tsasrina of Russia, from her early years.   Emily was associated with the family of Helena, Princess Christian, Queen Victoria's fifth child and was lady-in-waiting to Princess Christian from 1883 until the Princess' death in 1923.

'During these years Emily kept a diary recording daily events, both important and trivial, which together build up a picture of life in and around the courts of England and Germany during the end of the Victorian era.

'Emily Loch's friendship with the future Tsarina grew through visits to the Hesse family in Germany and when they visited their grandmother, Queen Victoria in England and Scotland.   During the winter months of 1897 - 1898 Emily accompanied Princess Helena (Thora), Princess Christian's eldest daughter on a visit to Tsar Nicholas and the Tsarina in Russia.   Her friendship with the Imperial Family is reflected in the many leters, cards and gifts which they exchanged until early 1917.

'The author, wife of Emily's great, great nephew, has masterfully edited her diaries to give us a unique insight into the close family relationship and life at court during this important period of our history.'

I've had a brief look inside.   In the inserted pages of photographs their are illustrations, cards and text written and sent by the Empress which I have never seen  before.   I cannot wait to begin, but after these two rather dark days, wished, first of all to pass on a little glimpse of what promises to be something rather special.


Wonderfull Christine,a great book with substantial information,good read.
Just what everyone wishes for instead of another bundle of paper by the umptiest pocketfiller.

Thank you.
Je Maintiendrai

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Re: NEW BOOK on Alexandra Feodorovna
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2008, 11:28:54 AM »
Thank you, Christine, for posting. I bought myself a copy of "The Memoirs of Emily Loch" after reading an article in "Majesty" and your post, for I am
interested in Princess Helena and her family as well as the Hesse family.

It was a good source of information about both subjects.