Love the fourth gif. And the last two are gold!

I mean you can’t really blame Massie for having a few errors, Nicholas and Alexandra was published in 1967.

Very true.

April 20 2014, 12:49 AM   •   3 notes
I was reading Helen Rappaport's newest book and it said that Olga and Anastasia were both dark blonde. I've seen some colorings of their official portraits and their hair was dark brown. What was really the color of their hair? Thanks!

Kind of, yes. Olga had golden brown hair while Anastasia’s was dark strawberry blonde. When they were small children, their hair was much lighter, nearly blonde. I think some colorings you see show OTMA with dark brown hair because it’s difficult to add color to black and white photographs. B&w photographs do not capture the exact “lighting” of the hair, so that’s why they look dark. :)

April 20 2014, 12:27 AM   •   2 notes
I remember voraciously downing Nicholas and Alexandra when I first got into the Romanovs. Of course, being a young teenager, I took it as gospel. But after rereading it, I found a ton of spelling/grammatical errors (simple ones, but still!) and later found out about factual errors as well. I know Massie did more research and came out with more books, but I haven't read more from him. Have you? Does he clarify previous errors?

Yeah, I haven’t yet read it myself, but there are apparently a few mistakes. But I don’t think it does really matter, because he updated Nicholas & Alexandra with The Romanovs: The Final Chapter after Massie discovered much new information and revised some old information. :)


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One of the most historic books William and Kate will ever sign - the ‘First Fleet Bible” first used in 1788

One of the most historic books William and Kate will ever sign - the ‘First Fleet Bible” first used in 1788

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her husband, Prince Consort Henrik, during a 1975 and 2011 visit to Tsarskoe Selo and Saint Petersburg, Russia. The Queen is the great-great-grand niece of Russian Empress Maria Feodorovna, who was originally a Danish princess. Please click on each photograph to see more information.

bulletproofjewels:

BPJs favourite royal portraits: [ 10 / 15 ] Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, later Grand Duchess of Hesse by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, c. 1859

bulletproofjewels:

BPJs favourite royal portraits: [ 10 / 15 Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, later Grand Duchess of Hesse by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, c. 1859

olga-nikolayevna:

1912 Orthodox Easter † OTMA at Livadia White Palace
The children’s time was occupied in the days before Easter in painting and decorating dozens of hard boiled eggs that were traditionally exchanged to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection. On Great Sunday the girls wore mourning,as was the tradition, during the final great service leading up to midnight, the sadness finally broken by the joyful announcement khristos voskres - Christ is risen! Although it was now the early hours of the morning the entire household broke the Lenten fast together, enjoying a great feast in the White Hall. Its centerpiece was the two sweet cakes so looked forward to after the long period of abstention: the kulich, a rich white Easter cake made with almonds, candied orange peel and raisins; and pashka, a gloriously sweet blending of everything that the pious had not eaten for weeks: sugar, butter, eggs, and cream cheese. On Easter Monday the family gathered in the Italian Courtyard for the ceremony of greeting the troops…As Nicholas exchanged kisses and greetings Olga and Tatiana helped hand out the painting Porcelain Easter eggs that the Imperial couple distributed every Easter.
~ Four Sisters, Helen Rappaport

olga-nikolayevna:

1912 Orthodox Easter † OTMA at Livadia White Palace

The children’s time was occupied in the days before Easter in painting and decorating dozens of hard boiled eggs that were traditionally exchanged to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection. On Great Sunday the girls wore mourning,as was the tradition, during the final great service leading up to midnight, the sadness finally broken by the joyful announcement khristos voskres - Christ is risen! Although it was now the early hours of the morning the entire household broke the Lenten fast together, enjoying a great feast in the White Hall. Its centerpiece was the two sweet cakes so looked forward to after the long period of abstention: the kulich, a rich white Easter cake made with almonds, candied orange peel and raisins; and pashka, a gloriously sweet blending of everything that the pious had not eaten for weeks: sugar, butter, eggs, and cream cheese. On Easter Monday the family gathered in the Italian Courtyard for the ceremony of greeting the troops…As Nicholas exchanged kisses and greetings Olga and Tatiana helped hand out the painting Porcelain Easter eggs that the Imperial couple distributed every Easter.

~ Four Sisters, Helen Rappaport

daughtersofthetsar:

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1899-1918)

daughtersofthetsar:

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1899-1918)

Daft question but do any of the many photographs of Nicholas II show the scar on the right side of his forehead from the assassination attempt at Otsu in 1891

Oh, I’m actually not sure. I have never thought to check for the scar on his forehead. The scar must be very faint, for I’ve never noticed it myself. The second photograph looks like there’s a scar right there above in the middle of his right eyebrow, but I’m not even sure, because it’s such a grainy picture.

teatimeatwinterpalace:

26 May 1896 Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II - Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna with it seems the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, in the second carriage is Nicholas’s sister Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna.

Hey there! I really love your blog! I run a blog that primarily focuses on footage from turn of the century celebrities and events, or more generally videos that might make people think "Well darn! I didn't think there would be a video of that!". I was wondering if you had any favorite footage of the Romanov family that I could share on it?

Thank you! Well, my favorite footage of the Romanov family had to be one of those adorable videos of the imperial children running around in their sailor suits on the imperial yacht, Standart. The FrozenTears.Org website has a good list of home videos here. :)

April 19 2014, 05:33 PM   •   1 note
Do you know any languages other than English and ASL?
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Unfortunately, no. But I do know a few words of French and Russian. I can read a very few sentences of French and understand it. That’s about it.

April 19 2014, 03:06 PM   •   1 note

It was with special care that Fate had selected Nicholas to be Tsarevich and, later, Tsar. He was not a firstborn son. An older brother named Alexander … had died in infancy

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- Robert K. Massie, Nicholas and Alexandra (via anastasianikolaevnaromanova)

Nicholas was the firstborn son, not Alexander. Alexander was a year younger than Nicholas. I don’t know where he got that.

olga-nikolayevna:

Russian Imperial House of Romanov ♔ historical character profiles

Tatiana was as charming as her sister Olga, but in a different way. She has been described as proud, but I never knew anyone less so. With her, as with her mother, shyness and reserve were accounted as pride, but, once you knew her and had gained her affection, this reserve disappeared, and the real Tatiana became apparent. She was a poetical creature, always yearning for the ideal, and dreaming of great friendships which might be hers. The Emperor loved her devotedly, they had much in common, and the sisters used to laugh, and say that, if a favour were required, “Tatiana must ask Papa to grant it.” She was very tall, and excessively thin, with a cameolike profile, deep blue eyes, and dark chestnut hair. a lovely Rose maiden, fragile and pure as a flower.