IN THE STEPS OF THE ROMANOVS: Author’s/Translator’s Note

IN THE STEPS OF THE ROMANOVS: Author’s/Translator’s Note    Latest Book Translated directly from diary entries and personal papers of Romanov Family Members during the last two years of their lives.  The story of the downfall of the last ruling Romanov family is fairly well-known: following the Russian revolution, members…

Continue reading

IN THE STEPS OF THE ROMANOVS: Final Two Years of the Russian Imperial Family (1916-18)

In the Steps of the Romanovs Introduction by George Hawkins July 17, 2018 is the hundredth anniversary of the murder of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra Feodorovna, their only son, the Heir-Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich, daughters – the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Nikolaevna and…

Continue reading

THE ROMANOVS AND SERGEI YESENIN

THE ROMANOVS AND SERGEI YESENIN   DID YOU KNOW that Russia’s tragic young poet Sergei Yesenin once worked as a medical attendant at the Grand Duchesses’ Maria and Anastasia’s infirmary in 1917? He also served in their military-medical train #143.     In June of 1916, Yesenin was invited to read…

Continue reading

ROMANOV FAMILY: RUSSIAN TRADITIONAL DOLLS AT THE ALEXANDER PALACE

ROMANOV FAMILY: RUSSIAN TRADITIONAL DOLLS AT THE ALEXANDER PALACE     Tsarskoe Selo Museum had recently acquired at a Paris auction these eight rare dolls wearing Russian and Ukrainian traditional costumes. The dolls were created in 1896 to commemorate the official visit of the young ruling Romanov family to France.   …

Continue reading

NIKOLAI DEMENKOV TO GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NIKOLAEVNA (LAST LETTER)

  NIKOLAI DEMENKOV TO GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NIKOLAEVNA (LAST LETTER)    Linear ship “Empress Maria”. 18 July, 1916. Sevastopol.  Your Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna!   Loyally I dare to report a significant day in the life of our ship: on the 9th July we took first military shots at the…

Continue reading

ROMANOV FAMILY: OTMA TROIKA

ROMANOV FAMILY: OTMA TROIKA   From the memoirs of Sofia Yakovlevna Ofrosimova:    “Behind me I can hear the ringing of bells… I turn and see a slowly moving familiar troika. In the sleigh are four [young] Grand Duchesses with Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna. The sleigh is sliding on the…

Continue reading