Author Topic: White Crow (GD Nicholas Mikhailovich)  (Read 6974 times)

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Re: White Crow (GD Nicholas Mikhailovich)
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2012, 05:35:51 PM »
I read and enjoyed this  book years ago, but I thought the author tried too hard at times to make Nicholas Mikhailovich appear more likable, less petty and vindictive than he really was. Though the larger Romanov family had its petty feuds, biases, and estrangements, the book made clear to me, in spite of the author's sympathies and efforts at portraying NM as substantial and someone to be reckoned with, that there were good reasons for his being marginalised in IF and other political and administrative roles.
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Re: White Crow (GD Nicholas Mikhailovich)
« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2012, 05:46:23 PM »
Yes, he was very outspoken.I don't think he could have had a career in diplomacy as the author suggested in a way.I think he was an interesting person with a less conservative outlook than pretty much all of the GDs.He isn't covered enough in my opinion, and doesn't even have his own thread on here.I did think the author saying he was more intellectual than KR, more interesting, etc was a mistake.KR was a original in the Romanov family, although a vastly different person than Grand Duke Nicholas.