Olga Romanov lived a life full of romance and danger. Born into the doomed Romanov family in the late 19th century, she barely escaped the Bolshevik Revolution with her life. Never before seen letters and diary entries from Russian archives and family members cast new light on her daring escape across the Crimea, and reveal details of her miserable first marriage and subseOlga Romanov lived a life full of romance and danger. Born into the doomed Romanov family in the late 19th century, she barely escaped the Bolshevik Revolution with her life. Never before seen letters and diary entries from Russian archives and family members cast new light on her daring escape across the Crimea, and reveal details of her miserable first marriage and subsequent love affair with the handsome officer who would become her second husband. A true tale of riches to rags, Olga lived on the proceeds of a spectacular cache of Faberge jewels smuggled out of Russia, eventually dying in relative poverty above a hair salon in a run down neighborhood of Toronto. With photographs from surviving descendents and quotes from Olga's own letters, this book brings one of the most illustrious and well-loved figures of Russia's grand imperial court to life....
|Title||:||Olga Romanov: Russia's Last Grand Duchess|
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|Number of Pages||:||306 Pages|
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Olga Romanov: Russia's Last Grand Duchess Reviews
I loved the ease with which the story was told, it was relatable and interesting to an everyday reader not familiar with the broader complexities of rank and royalty to do with the Romanov dynasty. That said I would have loved had the author used Olga as a jumping off point to expand on some of the other family members in her circle and their lives and stories a little more than she did. That said it did a good job of situating Olga in a broader picture and making her story human and relatable, a fascinating read.
This is an amazing account of H.i.H Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna daughter of Empress Maria Feodorovna (Princess Dagmar Of Denmark) and Tsar Alexander III a must read
I'm sort of a fan of all things Russian, especially all things Imperial Russia, so it was no great leap for me to read this book. It concerns Olga Romanova, the sister (not the similarly named daughter) of the infamous Tsar Nicholas II. I must admit it was pretty fascinating to read about a historical character so oft overlooked in Imperial Russia's final days, especially as it connected to my homeland of Canada, as Olga Romanova spent her final years there. It's pretty well researched though a few errors (Romanov used instead of Romanova etc.) but nothing too concerning.Why the slightly lower rating then? Well, I hate to be a sourpuss, but I'm a little tired of how the entire Romanov family is so martyred in every portrayal, non-fic or otherwise. Oh! The Horror! Olga had to live like commonfolk! You know, like the rest of us! I know, I know, comes with the territory of talking about Imperial Russia, I know, I know, my socialist views are showing, I know, I know why should I really expect anything else from a book about the Romanovs? But still, it could help to be a little less biased.Also--and while I do realize this is nitpicking for a non-fic book--some of the creative phrases the author used to convey information were a little overdone and monotonous. Yes, non-fic but you are nevertheless telling a story to the general public.So yeah, some problems but if you're looking for a rather unique view of the final years of the Romanov dynasty then this is a fairly engaging read.
Having read some of the more negative reviews of this book in the past I didn't expect to like it, but I rather did. I thought it gave a fairly balanced portrait of the grand duchess, the positive and the negative traits - hence the whole person... as well as of her sons, their wives, grandchildren and others in her family circle. I would have preferred there was less about Anna Anderson (whose photo they even included in the book), but on the whole, I enjoyed this book and even learned a few new things.
It was okay. Kind of dry and didn't focus on her involvement with the royal family like I wish it did. It is unfortunate how the people within the royal family were unable to sustain themselves however because they weren't taught to survive and cannot take certain work because they see it as beneath them because of their royal blood. That is something I don't think about and was curious to read about here.
Not exceptionally scholarly, but a very pleasant read about the younger sister of Czar Nicholas II.