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Offline Nadeshda74

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I hope this is new for you all, cause I ve just found a new book published this year about Alix and her siblings. It s written by Petra Kleinpenning and the title is:
The Correspondence of the Empress Alexandra of Russia with Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore, Grand Duke and Duchess of Hesse. 1878-1916
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As young people, Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine (1872-1918) and her brother, Hereditary Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine (1868-1937), were always together. They remained on close terms when Alix married Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and became the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. This book presents the complete collection of letters and postcards, written in English and German, that Alix wrote to her brother over the years 1878-1916, from moving children's notes to poignant letters written during the cataclysm of World War I. Also included are Alix's letters to Ernst Ludwig's second wife, Grand Duchess Eleonore, some letters from Tsar Nicholas II to Ernst Ludwig, and the few letters and postcards from Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore to the imperial couple that survived the days of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Alix's letters to Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore focus on the weal and woe of her family and friends, on official receptions and military manoeuvres, the concerts and performances she attended, her charities and her war work. This unique private correspondence between Alix and Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore provides additional first-hand details about the everyday lives of these important people in the history of Russia and Hesse and increases our understanding of their characters, interests, and relationships.

The book is published as a Book on Demand and it takes 10-14 days to be delivered. Here is the amazon link (Germany):
http://www.amazon.de/Correspondence-Empress-Alexandra-Eleonore-1878-1916/dp/3842324960/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1288800864&sr=8-11

Buy it. I ve just got it and well, Christmas will come soon! It s a nice gift for Romanov fans!
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The book is out now and I ve got it! The photos in it it are so nice and some ones are really new to me! I just can recommend it, cause I can t stop reading. It even has letters written by young Ernie to his sister in it- so cute!

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It even has letters written by young Ernie to his sister in it- so cute!
Do you mean the letter in which he mixed up the German and English language? It is fun to read, isn't it.  :)
"The Correspondence of the Empress Alexandra of Russia with Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore, Grand Duke and Duchess of Hesse. 1878-1916"  -  http://www.bod.de/index.php?id=296&objk_
"Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine in Italy - 1893"

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Yes, I mean the letter. If you imagine him speaking, too- very cute. Little children do have such cute voices.
But what do you think about the photos in the book- I know only some of them...

I know that a German author is working on a book about the childhood of German Princesses and on Alix, too- read it in a magazine about History somewhere. Let s see.

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But what do you think about the photos in the book- I know only some of them...
Nicholas's portrait on page 136 is definitely my favourite.
"The Correspondence of the Empress Alexandra of Russia with Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore, Grand Duke and Duchess of Hesse. 1878-1916"  -  http://www.bod.de/index.php?id=296&objk_
"Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine in Italy - 1893"

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Helen, I look forward to read your book. Are you planning to write more books of this kind (with letters or diaries) about other Princes/ses of Hesse and by Rhine ?


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Oh, I've plenty of ideas, but no definite plan with a planning so far.
"The Correspondence of the Empress Alexandra of Russia with Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore, Grand Duke and Duchess of Hesse. 1878-1916"  -  http://www.bod.de/index.php?id=296&objk_
"Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine in Italy - 1893"

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The Correspondence of the Empress Alexandra of Russia with Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore, Grand Duke and Duchess of Hesse. 1878-1916
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Here is the amazon link (Germany):
http://www.amazon.de/Correspondence-Empress-Alexandra-Eleonore-1878-1916/dp/3842324960/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1288800864&sr=8-11
The book is now also available from the British Amazon site :
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Correspondence-Empress-Alexandra-Eleonore-1878-1916/dp/3842324960/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1291756300&sr=8-1
"The Correspondence of the Empress Alexandra of Russia with Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore, Grand Duke and Duchess of Hesse. 1878-1916"  -  http://www.bod.de/index.php?id=296&objk_
"Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine in Italy - 1893"

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Am very much enjoying this book - Empress Alexandra really comes alive through her letters and you see a much bigger picture of her as a person rather than just through her letters from the war. You see her character quite well, and you see what tendencies were always in her that came through more strongly as she matured. At the moment I am still only up to her pregnancy with Olga in 1895. How happy she was in those days...

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Helen, I look forward to more books from you in future...as it is this one will be under the Christmas tree for me =)
Thank you so much for getting these letters to the public!

"Give my love to all who remember me."

  Olga Nikolaevna

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...as it is this one will be under the Christmas tree for me =)
I hope it will arrive in time and that you will enjoy reading it! :)

Am very much enjoying this book - Empress Alexandra really comes alive through her letters and you see a much bigger picture of her as a person rather than just through her letters from the war. You see her character quite well, and you see what tendencies were always in her that came through more strongly as she matured. At the moment I am still only up to her pregnancy with Olga in 1895. How happy she was in those days...
Thank you for your remarks, Georgiy. Yes, she was happy when she was pregnant with Olga and she couldn't wait for the baby to arrive. :) 
What also made Alix come alive, at least to me, was the info on the AETA Club of Alix, Ernst Ludwig, Toni Becker and Alexander von Frankenberg. Toni Becker even had special AETA writing paper made. I think that such a 'gang' is something many readers can identify themselves with. [See also "Briefe der Zarin Alexandra von Russland an ihre Jugendfreundin Toni-Becker-Bracht" by Lotte Hoffmann-Kuhnt, published by BoD]
"The Correspondence of the Empress Alexandra of Russia with Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore, Grand Duke and Duchess of Hesse. 1878-1916"  -  http://www.bod.de/index.php?id=296&objk_
"Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine in Italy - 1893"

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US Amazon doesn't have this book yet. Do you know when it may be purchased through that site? Does Amazon UK deliver to US residents? I want this book so bad. I believe it is a book that will have a truly important place among those that study the family of Nicholas II. This book doesn't rehash the same old stories of past books, theories, etc. It is all fresh -- and TRUE. It is Alexandra's own words. I know I have told you this about 1,000 times already Helen, but THANK YOU for all your hard work.

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Amazon UK does send to the US. In a way, it costs more-shipping.  I order from them rather frequently.
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US Amazon doesn't have this book yet. Do you know when it may be purchased through that site? Does Amazon UK deliver to US residents? I want this book so bad. I believe it is a book that will have a truly important place among those that study the family of Nicholas II. This book doesn't rehash the same old stories of past books, theories, etc. It is all fresh -- and TRUE. It is Alexandra's own words. I know I have told you this about 1,000 times already Helen, but THANK YOU for all your hard work.
Thank you for your kind words, Raegan. I don't know about any plans of the publisher to sell this book through the American Amazon site. But Robert is right, the British Amazon site does ship to the US, too.

"The Correspondence of the Empress Alexandra of Russia with Ernst Ludwig and Eleonore, Grand Duke and Duchess of Hesse. 1878-1916"  -  http://www.bod.de/index.php?id=296&objk_
"Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine in Italy - 1893"

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The book is out now and I ve got it! The photos in it it are so nice and some ones are really new to me! I just can recommend it, cause I can t stop reading. It even has letters written by young Ernie to his sister in it- so cute!

One of two letters I find especially interesting or entertaining is the one in which the teenage "Ducky" and Alix sit writing a poem to Ernie about their activities that day. It's a ridiculous piece of doggerel - but it gives a very different picture of these two girls, both of whom have been portrayed in memoirs etc as rather sulky or pretentious as teenagers, and who are supposed to have an awkward relationship. Whatever may have transpired once Victoria Melita married Ernst Ludwig and developed all sorts of resentments of his family and friends (this is his take on it in his memoirs as well as that of Meriel Buchanan), as teenagers they seem to have have an easy and unremarkable rapport.  "Unremarkable"is also the word I'd use for the Princess Alix that emerges from the letters, and I mean that in a nice sense. She comes across here as a pleasant, ordinary girl, interested in sport, babies, and so forth: not the "sorrowful" or spoiled or self-consciously intellectual youngster of the best-known accounts.

I also enjoyed the letter in which A. tells her brother that their father intends wearing a kilt to a party, and she hopes he will wear something under it to avoid mishaps while dancing!! I'm afraid this appeals to my base sense of humour.

All in all, this book is well put together both technically and intellectually, with helpful footnotes identifying people mentioned: I am impressed with it.
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