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Royal Russia: The Private Albums of the Russian Imperial Family Hardcover – 30 Sep 2006
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Eminent Romanov historian James Blair Lovell's major work, Anastasia: The Lost Princess, was first published in 1991. When he died in 1993, he left behind a vast and important archive of Romanov documents and artefacts, some of which is reproduced here for the very first time. Carol Townend studied European and Byzantine History at Royal Holloway College, London Universiaty. The author of several historical novels, she now lives in London.
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This selection of 140 rare, unpublished photographs from the Romanovs' own albums is an intimate portrait of the private and public lives of Tsar Nicholas II's family. This unique compilation is taken from the personal album of the Tsar's daughter Grand Duchess Maria and from the Tsarina Alexandra's own commemorative album, both now in the James Blair Lovell Archive. It also draws on the impressive collection of Ian Lilburn, a close friend of Anna Anderson, once the most plausible claimant to being the Grand Duchess Anastasia. With an explanatory text and informative captions often compiled from the original Russian, this is an extraordinary chronicle of a way of life that ended with the brutal execution of practically every member of the Imperial Family photographed in this book.
Anyone interested in antique photos of the Last Tsar’s family and close friends would absolutely love this beautiful photo book, definitely a “Must Have” item.
The life and times of the last Czar is long gone and so much has changed ever since. So such a book not only awakenes this world for today's reader but preserves it for the future. It is extremely well done and beautiful to look at. Just enjoy this.
However, despite the title, the book only contained pictures relating to Nicholas II, his wife and children. I also possess the book 'The Camera and the Tsars' by Charlotte Zeepvat, which contained photographs and information about a number of descendents of Paul I, and included information on the cousins of the Tsars and how their marriages with the other royal families of Europe connected everyone together. It also contained some excellent genealogical tables.
Admittedly the pictures were not the same, but the level of information in this book did not compare with 'The Camera and the Tsars'. Given a choice, I would certainly go for it instead.
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