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Hidden Treasures of the Romanovs: Saving the Royal Jewels: Saving the Romanov Jewels Paperback – 5 May 2009
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This is a riveting account, highly recommended for all devotees of the Romanovs. --The European Royal History Journal, July, 2009
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This is the untold story of Edwardian man-about-town the Honourable Albert Henry Stopford. A member of the aristocracy, Stopford was accepted in all the best salons of London, Paris and St Petersburg and counted society hostesses, Russian nobility and members of the Ballets Russes among his closest friends.
Stopford was a dealer in objects d'art with both Faberge and Cartier, and as a regular guest at Romanov dinner tables and a personal friend of two of the men accuses of the murder of Rasputin, he relished his role as the eyes and ears of Whitehall in the Russian capital. Indeed such was the trust bestowed upon him by his peers, it would lead him all the way to the inner sanctum of Tsar Nicholas II.
Amid the turmoil of the 1917 revolution, Stopford risked his life to rescue Romanov jewels worth millions of pounds from under the noses of Russia's new authorities. Once back in Britain, gems would emerge from his shabby
Gladstone bags that were destined to adorn the rich and famous - queens, duchesses and film starts - for years to come.
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Thereis an excellent well researched text with a few pictures of poor quality but of a condition expected considering their age.
Highly recommended for a peek into the past of which little is known.
Stopford was a man who led a very varied life. His father was a vicker in an English village but his family had connections to Queen Victoria and he was able to use these connections to eventually become a high class antique dealer and confidential courier to royalty. Stopford was also gay in era when that was enough in itself to land you in jail and it was a fact that was to have unfortunate consequences later in his life.
I found this an interesting book that filled in some gaps found in other books. It also had some interesting information on Marie Pavlovna (who deserves a book of her own), but at the same time I found it slightly disappointing from the image section as it doesn't actually provide a lot of pictures of the jewels Stopford when through so much stress saving. This is a fill-in-the-blanks book for people interested in the Romanov's but not really a must have volume.
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