THE DIARY OF OLGA ROMANOV: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution

THE DIARY OF OLGA ROMANOV: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution

The First English Translation of the Wartime Diaries of the Eldest Daughter of Nicholas II, the Last Tsar of Russia, with Additional Documents of the Period
In August 1914, Russia entered World War I, and with it, the imperial family of Tsar Nicholas II was thrust into a conflict they would not survive.

His eldest child, Olga Nikolaevna, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, had begun a diary in 1905 when she was ten years old and kept writing her thoughts and impressions of day-to-day life as a grand duchess until abruptly ending her entries when her father abdicated his throne in March 1917. Held at the State Archives of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Olga’s diaries during the wartime period have never been compiled into English until this volume.

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IN THE STEPS OF THE ROMANOVS: Final Two Years of the Russian Imperial Family 1916-1918

IN THE STEPS OF THE ROMANOVS: Final Two Years of the Russian Imperial Family 1916-1918

IN THE STEPS OF THE ROMANOVS: The Final Two Years of the Russian Imperial Family 1916-1918

This volume offers an accurate glimpse into the final two years of the last Imperial Family of Russia: exclusively through their own diary entries and personal correspondence, supplemented by contemporary eyewitness accounts, many of which are published here in English for the first time.
The reader will get to know on a deeper level the Grand Duchesses and the Empress, as they work at Tsarskoe Selo infirmaries; witness the imperial family’s grief for their murdered “Friend” Grigori Rasputin; experience their arrest after the outbreak of revolution, and follow them into captivity in Siberia – and ultimately the Red Ural – where they meet their tragic end in the cellar of “The House of Special Purpose”.
This already familiar unique piece of history is individually told by Nicholas, Alexandra and their five children: Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei. Their collective personal story is a portrayal of a united family bound together by love, hardship and tragedy, taking place during the twilight of an extraordinary bygone era.

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Louis (“Dickie”) Mountbatten and Maria Romanov

Louis (“Dickie”) Mountbatten and Maria Romanov

By Molly Thatcher

Dickie Mountbatten was born Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas of Battenberg (Battenberg was anglicised to Mountbatten in 1917), on the 25th of June 1900.  He was closely related to the Russian Royals through both his mother and father’s sides. His father was a first cousin to Nicholas, and his mother, Victoria, was Alexandra’s older sister, making he and OTMAA first cousins. Read more Louis (“Dickie”) Mountbatten and Maria Romanov

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GRAND DUCHESS ANASTASIA NIKOLAEVNA: 18 JUNE, 1901 – 17 JULY, 1918

GRAND DUCHESS ANASTASIA NIKOLAEVNA: 18 JUNE, 1901 – 17 JULY, 1918

By Christine Romanoff
*Sketch of Anastasia Nikolaevna, Grand Duchess of Russia. Charcoal on Canvas, used with the kind permission of the artist, Igor Babailov.

The “witty, vivacious, hopelessly stubborn, delightfully impertinent, and in general a perfect enfant terrible, the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna was born on June 18, 1901 in Peterhof.

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna with her infant fourth daughter, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This comedic characterization of Anastasia was firmly stated by Gleb Botkin, son of Romanov physician, Dr. Evgeny Botkin.  Gleb was to also add that “she undoubtedly held the record for punishable deeds in her family, for in naughtiness she was a true genius!”

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ROMANOV FAMILY AND QUEEN VICTORIA OF ENGLAND

ROMANOV FAMILY AND QUEEN VICTORIA OF ENGLAND

Tsar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra and baby Grand Duchess Olga with Queen Victoria in England.
Tsar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra and baby Grand Duchess Olga with Queen Victoria of England.

January 22  is the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s death in 1901.   In the nineteenth century, many members of the European royal families were closely related to each other.  Queen Victoria was referred to as “the grandmother of Europe” because her progeny were dispersed throughout the continent through the marriages of her numerous children.

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ROMANOV FAMILY: “UNCLE MIMI” – GRAND DUKE MICHAEL ALEXANDROVICH

ROMANOV FAMILY: “UNCLE MIMI” – GRAND DUKE MICHAEL ALEXANDROVICH

Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich: youngest brother of Tsar Nicholas II and favorite uncle of the Romanov children. His nieces often mentioned him in their diaries, especially during wartime when he was allowed to return to Russia (he lived abroad after his unpopular morganatic marriage to Natalie Wolfert).

Romanov family with Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich.
One of rare photographs of the Romanov family with Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich -“Uncle Mimi”. Left to right: Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, Tsar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, Grand Duke Michael, Grand Duchess Tatiana, Grand Duchess Olga. Grand Duchess Anastasia and Grand Duchess Maria are a the front.

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