7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2006
A brilliant Romanov photo album at a reasonable price? Yes, it is possible!
As most Romanov lovers will know, the best photograph books are virtually impossible to get hold of unless you're willing to part with serious cash. Charlotte Zeepvat's book, however, is a real gem and it's a steal.
I got this for Christmas, but unlike some other gifts, I am sure I will continue to be delighted with this one for many years. It is beautifully done, with many, many pictures, most of which I had never seen before. It is not all about Nicholas, Alexandra and their children, but more concerned with the Romanov family as a whole, spanning from the family of Alexander II to the various emigres who scattered across Europe and America after the Revolution. Each photograph comes with a clear explanation of who the people are, with the main details about their lives in a concise format. There are many familiar faces from the courts of Europe both as children and as adults, and also many unfamiliar faces, such as those of the more obscure Grand Dukes and Duchesses.
This book is an excellent investment, as I am sure it will be treasured by every owner for many years to come. It is an invaluable reference tool when reading biographies, as Zeepvat's extensive inclusion of practically all the members of the Romanov family means that there is literally a face to put to every name you may come across in other works.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to own a low priced Romanov photograph album while you can! If this ever goes out of print, the prices will go sky high!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Photographs were loved by royalty in the 19th century and I believe are a great tool to learn about royal families at that period of time. However, one should be aware of the limits. Photos can be misleading.
Renowned author Charlotte Zeepvat has gather an impressive collection of the Alexander II, Alexander III, and Nicholas II, but as well on the Konstantinovich, Mikhailovich, and Pavlovich branches of the imperial family. In addition the author includes her interpretation of her subjects. Some felt irritated when she uses the term "Grand Prince/Princess" instead of Grand Duke/Duchess but she explains why she uses that terms and it does not undermine the value of this book. Charlotte Zeepvat tries to get to the essence of the members of the imperial clan.
I enjoyed it immensely and it was a great addition of my collection of books on Imperial Russia
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2014
I am fascinated by the Tsars and this book is absolutely perfect.
There is a wealth of pictures contained within the book, most of which I have never seen before.
If you are interested in this area of history and love old photos - this is the book for you.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2004
This book contains a wonderful collection of Romanov photos since thebeginning of the art of photography.Most of them have not previously beenpublished.The collection is not only about the last tsar and his familybut more about the other members of the Romanov dynasty and theirrelatives. In connection with the photos there is also much informationand personal history provided. In this way you learn a great deal alsoabout the lesser known members of the Romanov family.The author has reallysucceded with this photo book and I can't praise it enough! It willcertainly be one of my favourite Romanov books among the others I have.