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What happend to the Empress by Robert Ingham
« on: December 29, 2009, 01:37:28 AM »
Just came across this book
It talks about Dowager Empresess stay in Malta on her way to England after the revolution


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Re: What happend to the Empress by Robert Ingham
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010, 11:14:11 AM »
Here's a reader's review from Amazon:

3.0 out of 5 stars Romanov Exiles in Malta, March 24, 2009
By Russian Bride (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews

This is an historical curiosity which I quite liked. It is a pamphlet (printed on that cheap wartime paper) published by the author in 1947 (not 1977) in Malta. Ingham had been the ADC to the former Governor of Malta in 1919 when the Dowager Empress had stayed. Romanov afficiandos will recall that the Empress, daughter Xenia and family, GD Nickolosha and some 800 refugees escaped on board the Marlborough and a second ship from Yalta. This booklet sits comfortably alongside Pridham's Close of a Dynasty.

The pamphlet is essentially Ingham's diary entries of the visit which dated from April 21 to 29, 1919. His entries provide a fond, intimate picture of the Empress, Xenia and her mischievous sons. It also has some interesting observations on the Russian servants, attitudes to Bolshevism and royal protocol. Most interesting perhaps is the depiction of British life in Valletta, Malta's capital. (Various Hesse and Romanov family members had travelled to Malta including Alix who had visited her sister Victoria there in 1890.)

My initial interest in this publication had been Occleshaw's comment about the Empress's claim to Ingham as the whereabouts of Nicholas and his family. While Occleshaw is circumspect about the veracity of this claim he does use it to further his conspiracy/survival thesis. (See Ch14) I think despite his caution that Occleshaw oversells this idea. What he leaves out is Ingham's rider: that the family knew and encouraged this belief. They did not however adhere to it themselves. (p61)

This is not a "must have" Romanov book and there are parts that are fairly dreary, including the haunted buildings. There are also quite a few factual errors such the refugees having been stationed in Odessa. There a number of photographs but they are very grainy as if newspaper photos have been copied poorly. Don't buy it if you are expecting great revelations or new information. But if you're a Romanov fan and are interested in the post Yalta exodus this may be of interest.