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E.E.P Tisdall
« on: March 15, 2005, 01:40:40 PM »
Has anyone read the books by Tisdall about Empress Maria Feodorovna, Queen Alexandra and King Georg I of Greece? If so, what do you think about them?
These were some of the first books I read on royalty. I liked them very much back then, but know they strike me as being inaccurate and not so good!

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Re: E.E.P Tisdall
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2005, 01:42:23 PM »
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Has anyone read the books by Tisdall about Empress Maria Feodorovna, Queen Alexandra and King Georg I of Greece? If so, what do you think about them?
These were some of the first books I read on royalty. I liked them very much back then, but know they strike me as being inaccurate and not so good!


The author did not have access to a lot of primary sources (not available at the time.)  I consider the books rather cursory but not too detailed.  I have the first two books, but the Greek book is on my wants list.
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2005, 01:48:55 PM »
I have "Queen Victoria's Private Life" by Tisdall & I agree it was rather dull & read a little bit like a children's book...It's okay but I don't think I bothered reading to the end of it because it was all a bit too same-ish. (I guess it was fatal to read it having just finished Lady Longford's 'Victoria R.I.').

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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2005, 03:28:19 PM »
Thanks for replying..
I remember his story of MF going to Skt. Petersburg to meet the IF, after she got engaged to Nixa. I wonder where he got that information from. I was a bit disappointed when I learned it wasnt true!

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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2005, 06:05:17 PM »
Is this the same person who wrote the book on Marie F. in 1958 or so ?

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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2005, 07:18:22 PM »
Yes...and also a nice one titled ROYAL HELLENIC COUSINS which is quite enjoyable.

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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2005, 07:21:55 PM »
I  read the M.F. but seem to remember, an ill.chilld of Ns being mentioned? Am I wrong?

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Re: E.E.P Tisdall
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2005, 07:23:21 PM »
Oh I read it too long ago to remember I would have to research it to respond corectly...my meory s not that good.


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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2005, 07:32:30 PM »
Art,your younger than me!

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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2005, 12:01:08 AM »
Oh no...I'm ancient...   ;D

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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2008, 05:10:43 PM »
I can't believe I'm replying to an almost four year old thread, but I just finished Tisdall's bio of Marie Fedorovna. First, I have to admit that I thought the author was a woman (Evelyn). Only just now did the bell go off about the rare usage of Evelyn as a man's name. Rightly or wrongly an awareness of the sex of a writer colors your perception of his/her work.

A mediocre book. Readable but ultimately too 'soft'. Too much quoting from "Count Vassili" and others.Also too much ready acceptance of conventional but unreliable "knowledge". And yes the idea of Nicholas being the father of illegitimate children(plural!) was pretty firmly conveyed. As was the author's contempt for Nicholas and to a lesser extent Alexandra.
And, as mentioned, too many outright factual errors. I'm just glad I read it now instead of as one of my first books on the Romanovs.
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Re: E.E.P Tisdall
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2009, 08:19:04 PM »
I was interested in reading his book on Queen Alexandra but I doubt that I will now! Do you think that I should?

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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2009, 06:58:53 AM »
Well it's up to you, but I don't think that the Alexandra book was that bad.

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Re: E.E.P Tisdall
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2009, 06:59:46 PM »

Thank you, Kmerov.  I will read it then.