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- Print Length: 438 pages
- Publisher: Demesne Press (October 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0763ZD55S
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Memories of the Russian Court Kindle Edition
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Anna Virubova was born a member of the Russian aristocracy, with parents who circulated on the fringes of St. Petersburg and Moscow's high society. Her family was friends and neighbors to the Grand Duke Serge and his wife Elizabeth, whose younger sister eventually married Tsar Nicholas II. This meant that Anna was introduced to the young Empress Alexandra, who took an interest in her and arranged what turned out to be a disastrous marriage to a Russian army officer. When the marriage collapsed after a year Alexandra and her husband apparently felt sympathetic and a bit guilty about it and included Anna in some of their family gatherings. She and the Empress hit it off and became close friends.
Anna's continued intimacy with the Imperial Family caused jealousy among the other Romanovs and in Russian high society as a whole, who were largely excluded from contact with the Tsar and Empress due to Alexandra's extreme shyness. Her reputation suffered along with the Empress's when Gregory Rasputin became another court favorite, and by 1917 Anna was widely regarded as an arch intriguer and possible German spy. She was arrested by the new revolutionary government, spent several months in prison being investigated, and was eventually released without further charges. She was fortunate enough to be able to flee Russia shortly after the Bolsheviks took power in October 1917 and spent the rest of her life in Finland.
Anna Virubova was not a well-educated or particularly intelligent woman. She was loyal to a fault, refusing to believe any of the unsavory stories about Gregory Rasputin, for example. She was just as loyal to the Tsar and Empress and their five children, spending most of her book defending their good names and characters. She had little or no understanding of the forces which brought about World War I the Revolution. The value of her memoirs lies in her memories of what life was like with Nicholas and Alexandra as private people.
MOTRC is a delightful & comprehensive publication examining the Russian Court of Nicholas II. Yes, if you are not completely familiar with the
Court goings on, this is a very good start. Lots of information that you will see in other publications.
My only concern (why 4 stars) is that somewhere in the past 90 years there should have been some editing done on the piece. If there was it would flow beautifully, the paragraphs and chapters would flow better and needless to say, the punctuation needs to be heavily corrected as well as they type-O's.
Still, it is a wonderful book that should be added to your library of Imperial Russian History. If it was tweaked a bit - a real gem. As it stands now, there is a bit of charm in the current state - more like a diamond in the rough waiting to be polished. It brings Anna to life.
I just wanted to delete my previous review and give Anna her due. I needed to make it right.
Enjoy! For the price Anna brings the Court to life.