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Old 03-13-2013, 11:41 AM
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I just downloaded a sample to my Kindle, I have always been very interested in the Tsar Nicholas, Tsarina Alix, and the Grand Duchesses. I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the link!!
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:20 PM
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Here's my review of The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport - I especially enjoyed the WWI sections.

Friday Royal Read: The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport | Carolyn Harris: Royal Historian
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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
Has anyone had a chance to purchase Camera and the Tsars: The Romanov Family in Photographs by Charlotte Zeepvat?
What are the quality of the photographs?
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:45 AM
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New book on Franziska Schanzkowsky, the Anastasia pretender

"Almost Anastasia tells the story of Franziska Schanzkowsky, the former factory worker who convinced royals, courtiers, and forensic experts that she was actually the Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Nicholas II and sole survivor of the 1918 massacre at Ekaterinburg. DNA analysis has established who she really was, but once that mystery was solved the real mystery began—how did she do it? Why did she do it? What would it be like to step into someone else's life and live it forever? A work of narrative nonfiction drawn from original documents (some never before translated into English) and interviews with the people who knew her, Almost Anastasia follows Franziska from the streets of Berlin to the castles of deposed royalty, from Jazz Age New York to Nazi Germany and beyond. It is a tale of mystique, madness, and one woman’s determination to fool the world."

http://www.amazon.com/Almost-Anastas...most+anastasia
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:12 PM
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Interesting book. I hope you are on sale here in Portugal.
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This woman and her husband were not dealing with a full deck. When their cats died, they would cremate them in the fireplace. The neighbors were not amused.
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Old 03-29-2016, 10:29 PM
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She was lucky PETA wasn't around then.
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:13 PM
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How would Franziska have been so informed on very personal details of the court of Tsarina Alexandra? Obviously not every minute detail would have been written in newspaper articles.
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:37 AM
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Franziska's knowledge of life at the Russian Court came out of books and magazines that probably revealed more information than people realised. In the 1920s she spent a lot of time with exiled monarchists whose memories she must have paid careful attention to. Some may have inadvertently fed her information, others deliberately. Her "memories" were not always spot on, but people wanted to believe and helped her fill in the gaps. She must have been quite shrewd in the early years of her claim. But what's really impressive is that despite her appalling behaviour and major psychological problems, her supporters always stuck by her. Franziska was not the Grand Duchess she claimed to be, but it doesn't really matter now. In the end she won. She will always be part of the history of the young lady whose identity she usurped. What I would love to know, however, is whether she came to believe it herself.
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Did she come to believe that she really was Anastasia? I think she was delusional and after decades of throwing herself into the 'role' it did become real to her.
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How would Franziska have been so informed on very personal details of the court of Tsarina Alexandra? Obviously not every minute detail would have been written in newspaper articles.
The problem is that she was rather I'll informed, but the public had no way to verify her memoirs, and she got away with most of her tales. I just read Gilliard's book "The false Anastasia", and it was a real eye opener. In it, he explains how Franzisca obtained much of her information and the glaring mistakes she made. He also tells about Franzisca mistaking Shura for Grand Duchess Olga.
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Old 08-27-2016, 03:49 AM
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Did she come to believe that she really was Anastasia? I think she was delusional and after decades of throwing herself into the 'role' it did become real to her.
I think it did. she clearly had mental problems, and Im sure she was able to fool herself and her self belief helped her to play the role. And a lot of people wanted to believe her. A "lost princess" is interesting and perhaps people also wanted to belive that SOMEone had survived the massacre.
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Old 08-27-2016, 02:18 PM
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She never believed that she was Anastasia. In an unguarded moment, she said to Miliukoff: You mean who I am, or who I pretend to be?
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Old 10-26-2016, 10:34 PM
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The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore
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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
Has anyone had a chance to purchase Camera and the Tsars: The Romanov Family in Photographs by Charlotte Zeepvat?
What are the quality of the photographs?
A bit late in answering, Cyril, by a couple of years, but I think this book is absolutely beautiful, with excellent photos.
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Hello guys!

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As part of the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Robert Service is releasing a new biography of Nikolai II. Service is one of the main experts on twentieth century Russian history and is also the author of highly praised studies of Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky, along with a very good one volume history of twentieth century Russia. Since the last major English study as Dominic Lieven's bio which was published 25 years ago, this should be very interesting.

https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors...t-of-the-tsars

https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...omanovs-review

https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...service-review

On top of that there will be doubtless many other books for the anniversary as well. However what is really intersting me is how the Russian government will react to the anniversary, given how divisive it is in Russia today. Knowing how Putin thinks they'll probably blame it on the foreigners as they always do...

PS) I'm not Service's schill if the above gave that impression
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On top of that there will be doubtless many other books for the anniversary as well. However what is really intersting me is how the Russian government will react to the anniversary, given how divisive it is in Russia today. Knowing how Putin thinks they'll probably blame it on the foreigners as they always do...

PS) I'm not Service's schill if the above gave that impression
Have the British scientists ever lost an opportunity to make money?

The government reaction in question will be standard: solemn.
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What on earth do British scientists have to do with this? Robert Service is a historian who focuses on Soviet history. Has nothing to do with British scientists...
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History is often categorised as science. So Mr Service is a British scientist. Given the anti-Russian frenzy in the enlightened western regimes, he will make money.
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