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    Tsarist Miscellania

    You are the interviewer..... Using the newly advanced technology of time travel, you may go back to any era of the Russian Imperial Court. You may choose any of the Imperial family to interview. While you may NOT give him/her any information that would directly alter the future, you may ask...
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    Tsar Nicholas II (1868-1918) and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (Alix) (1872-1918)

    OK, I know I'm letting myself in for it, but here goes anyway: While I might agree that Nicholas and Alexandra were not the right people for the Russian Imperial Throne at the time Nicholas succeeded, my sympathies are still in their favor. Nicholas was denied the proper education for a...
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    Tsarist Miscellania

    Russo, teehee, exactly what I had in mind!:biggrin: As for me, one on Sergei Alexandrovich (a really good one!), Miechen (however much I dislike her), Dmitri Pavlovich, and (perhaps curiously) Alexander III.
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    Tsarist Miscellania

    My apologies, Vasillisos, however, considered it answered, albeit belatedly :writing:
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    Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich (1891-1942)

    Vasillisos, Dmitri and his sister, Marie the younger (or Maria, I forget how she called herself) are sort of orphans. I think that both were strongly affected by their living with Serge and Ella. I've read both of Marie's books years ago, and as I recall, was singularly unmoved. I found her...
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    Tsarist Miscellania

    Unwritten Biographies; Questions to be asked of Romanov interview subjects. Which Romanov life, which has not yet been committed to paper, would you like to see? As Russo says, "Enquiring minds want to know!"
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    Monarchy and Restoration; Rival Families and Claimants

    Russo, is it possible that Beatrice was acting on Victoria's instructions?
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    Marie Pavlovna "The Elder" (Grand Duchess Vladimir) (1854-1920)

    Russo, my speculation is that Andrei married her both because he loved her, and because of her wherewithal. Andrei accepted and claimed paternity for Vladimir (Vovo), but from bits here and there, he doesn't seem to have been the bounder that his brother Boris was. (On the side, I find it...
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    Marie Pavlovna "The Elder" (Grand Duchess Vladimir) (1854-1920)

    Miechen couldn't have been too happy with the spouses of any of her brood, with the possible exception of Victoria Melita (Ducky). After all, her other boys married their mistresses, Andrei to Mathilde Kschessinskaya, the paternity of whose son was never truly established. Elena went to a...
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    Monarchy and Restoration; Rival Families and Claimants

    Four wrongs (and I must question the last) don't make a right. That some Russian emperors or empresses succeeded to the throne by virtue of treachery does not bless or sanction Kyrill's actions. As to Empress Anna (Ivanovna), she was actually succeeded by Ivan VI (her great nephew) at her own...
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    Monarchy and Restoration; Rival Families and Claimants

    Russo, no, I haven't read that one. I checked Amazon for it, and found that most of those who reviewed the book commented (rather negatively) about the author's very public bias in favor of Victoria Melita. I hate reading books wherein the author doesn't at least make an attempt at neutrality...
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    Romanov Rescue 1917-1919: Action and Inaction

    Denial of Asylum in Great Britain Does anyone care to comment on the British Government and/or George V's refusal of asylum to the Imperial Family after Nicholas' abdication? Initial reports were that George would offer the family asylum, which was later completely refuted. George V's...
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    Monarchy and Restoration; Rival Families and Claimants

    I know that I'm joining this discussion rather late in the day, but I must agree with Vasillisos. After Nicholas II abdicated for himself and Alexei, and Michael refused to accept the crown unless it was the will of the people, Kyrill was the first (and only, to my knowledge) Romanov who took...
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    Alexander II and III "what ifs"

    Lovely! I'll bring the caviar and toast points (yum!) No, I don't think Alexander II was reacting to Marie's formidability; I think he was ~hmmm, how to put this??~ royally pissed off! The Emperor obviously loved his mistress/wife, and she had been snubbed or slighted on a number of occasions...
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    Alexander II and III "what ifs"

    Russo (may I shorten your name...easier on the fingers :D) I am currently rereading "Little Mother of Russia". Marie Feodorovna had ample reason to dislike Catherine Dolgoruky. First there was the very public affair between the then-married Alexander II and the young woman, which was seen as...
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    Alexander II and III "what ifs"

    EmpressRouge, I don't believe so. If I recall correctly, the day that Alexander II was assassinated, there was a draft manifesto on his desk which was to have been published to the Russian people that would have paved the way for a parliamentary body. Needless to say, Alexander III made short...
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    Grigori Efimovich Rasputin (1869-1916)

    Al bina, you are hardly "meddling". This is an open discussion and your comments are well-taken. :smile:
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    Alexander II and III "what ifs"

    Countess, other than your quote above, there really is a distinct lack of inclusion of Pobedonostsev in this discussion. Pobedonostsev began teaching Nicholas Alexandrovich (Nixa), Tsesarevich and heir apparent to Alexander II in 1861. His expertise was in areas of theory of law and...
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    The Nicholas and Alexandra Picture Thread

    Quite right about Alexandra, Vasillisos. It's entirely possible that the pictures in question actually were suppressed at the time. I cannot imagine that the imediate or extended family would have been happy with their publication, as it would seem to me that it would have been felt that they...
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    Grigori Efimovich Rasputin (1869-1916)

    I'm sorry, Anne, but no one is or has been rude to you. You simply cannot expect to make such provocative and cryptic statements without being asked questions about them. This is true, especially as you say your book is based on family oral history or traditions, both of which are subject to...
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    Grigori Efimovich Rasputin (1869-1916)

    Anne, forgive me, but all this cloak and dagger stuff seems a bit over the top. If your book is predicated on your family's oral history and traditions, it's hardly likely that some other author will be able to steal your work, unless it's someone within your own family. May I ask if you've...
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    The Nicholas and Alexandra Picture Thread

    Vasillisos, it sure is ~:rofl:~. It's not the first time I've seen the Sovereign in the altogether....there is a film clip extant, which I've seen a number of times, showing Nicholas II swimming with other men, including the heir, and they're all swimming that way! At one point, I believe you...
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    Grigori Efimovich Rasputin (1869-1916)

    Anne, do you have a publisher and an anticipated completion date?
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    Grigori Efimovich Rasputin (1869-1916)

    Those of you discussing the new Rasputin book might find the referenced forum from Alexander Palace Time Machine of interest. I must say, I'm awfully tempted to order the book....:whistling: A New Rasputin Biography by Margarita Nelipa
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