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Once a Grand Duchess: Xenia, Sister of Nicholas II Hardcover – 21 Jun 2002
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book Once a grand Duchess.This is a book that I had waited a long time to own . I have enjoyed it and I am pleased to have it in my
collection. Charles Prynne.
Secondly, there were so many characters each with a name, official title and nickname and it was very hard to keep up with who's who. For example, Princess Marie of Greece is also called Greek Minnie and Grand Duchess George. Often names are dropped in with no explanation of who they are, or their relationships to each other. I had to keep jumping around trying to find out who I was reading about which also disrupted the flow. A cast of characters at the start, like in Massie's excellent biography of Nicholas and Alexandra, would have greatly helped.
The photographs included were excellent, and so many of them. The family trees were also very extensive and useful.
All in all I would rate this book as good. The information it contains is excellent, so I'd still recommend people read it, but it could have been written more fluently.
Nevertheless I liked the book as it fills in a gap in one' s biography collection on the last Czar' s family. While tons of books have been written on Czar Nicolas and quite a considerable amount on his brother Michael and his other sister Olga, Xenia was - at least to my knowledge - not the subject of a biography. I feel that Michael and Olga much in common, while Nicolas II and Xenia are quitesimilar. They had this extremely irritating passive approach to life. No real inititive, no fighting back and always chess pieces instead of chess players. This well written book complements as well the Memoirs of Grand Duke Alexander and sets some records straight. Well, all in all, a book to be read by all those who are interested in the fall of the Romanov dynasty. It will give you an inside into the Romanov Family in its final days. But do not expect to much of the personality you are going to read about.
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I read this book after I had read Russia's Last Grand Duchess, about Zenia's sister Olga. Whilst I enjoyed reading it and having another take on imperial Russian life and the... Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2013 by Joanne Burch
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