Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Romanovs Roundup

Greg King and Penny Wilson have churned another good book on the Romanovs.  This latest success is titled Romanovs Adrift 1913-1919.  The time period refers to the final years of the Romanov Dynasty -- from the tercentenary of the Romanov reign in 1913 through the first world war, the revolution, the murders of Nicholas II and his family and numerous to the survivors in exile.

The authors focus on 80 members of the Imperial family, Nicholas II and his family, the six Grand Ducal branches, the Oldenburgs, Leuchtenberg, Mecklenburgs and five Grand Duchesses who married into foreign royal families.

The book has 10 chapters, which allows the authors to focus individually on each family group, offering honest and historical portrayals of the Romanov family, but do not expect new information.  The authors have made use of a lot of sources.

The afterward, A Russian Exile: the Romanovs in the Urals and Siberia, was written by Katrina Warne, based on her visits to the area.  

Romanovs Adrift offers readers insight into the lives of the different branches of the Romanov family.  It is an easy read, written in the popular historian style, less scholarly, but chock full of information.    

The bibliography is a great source to delve further into the lives of many of the varied personalities of the Romanov dynasty.

Romanovs Adrift was published by  Illustrated -- make that well-illustrated with photographs from the Eurohistory collection.

Another Romanov book that should whet your appetite is Imperial Crimea: Estates, Enchantments & The Last of the Romanovs.   In the 1980s and 1990s, Greg King published Atlantis Magazine, a royal history magazine that focused largely on the Romanovs, the Hesse and By Rhine family and other royal houses.  

The magazine's Crimean issue was Atlantis' most popular.  Greg received numerous request for copies of the Crimean issue.  This is not a surprise as the four-volume series is regarded as the most comprehensive source for information on the Imperial Family and their lives in the Crimea.   Nearly all of the branches of the family had holiday homes in the Crimea, due to the temperate climate.

It was in the Crimea that the surviving members of the Imperial family gathered after escaping from St. Petersburg.  It was where the Dowager Empress and other members of the family were rescued in early 1919.

Imperial Crimea includes essays by noted Romanov scholars Coryne Hall, Greg King, Penny Wilson, and Sue Woolmans.

The book runs nearly 800 pages and is available in a trade paperback edition through Amazon.  

Helen Rappaport's The Race to Save the Romanovs was published in June 2018.  Although I have a few quibbles about silly mistakes,  I must say that Helen honed in on her research.  She delved into archives in the UK, the US, Spain, and Russia, honing in on untapped resources.  The request for British help did not end with the Government turning down the Provisional Government's recommendation for the British to send a ship to bring the Imperial Family to the UK.  

The end of the story does not change, but Helen brought new insight and research into the diverse reports of plans for a rescue that never came to fruition.

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