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posted: 10/1/14 ·37 ♥ ·via · source · reblog

the-lost-empires:

"I don’t know who wrote this review "For anyone obsessed with the Romanovs, this is the best book you’ll ever find", but oh my God! This book has beloved, sweet Maria having SEX with a soldier who plans to rescue her (typical, ridiculously inaccurate old story repeated numerous times), but I flipped when I read “Olga was defiled on the Rus”. OLGA, TATIANA NOR ANASTASIA WERE DEFILED ON THE RUS THIS IS A LIE THAT WAS PURPORTED BY THE BOLSHEVIK GUARDS. DISGUSTING! Also, in the opening chapter the author writes Russia was praying for seven years prior to Maria’ birth for an heir; Nicky and Alix wed in 1894, Maria born 1899 - this speaks volumes to the historical veracity.I think perhaps what upsets me most—besides Olga being sexually assaulted—was that writers think—consciously or unconsciously-a woman’s life story is not worth telling if she didn’t fall in love, or have sex, or make out. "Marie" writes she’s happy she wont die a virgin.It just makes me sad that a beautiful amazing story like Maria’s is water-downed in not only a bland characterization, but as girl almost wholly concerned about love and sex, as if that is what makes her a real woman. (also, wouldn’t the real Maria have been smart enough to know having sex can result in pregnancy and endanger the lives of her family? Not that the real Maria would (she wouldn’t!), but besides the impossibility of privacy at Ipatiev and Maria’s prim Victorian upbringing, there’s no way can see her risking her family’s lives or possibility of a pregnancy just so she wont die a virgin)The author mentions Helen Rappaport and Greg King as sources. In Rappaport’s new OTMA biography, she omitted the mention of this unfounded salacious rumour of Maria being caught in a “compromising position” with a guard, after Rappaport wrote of the baseless rumour (she uses the word *”alleged”*)in her Ekaterinburg book. As if Maria was worrying she was going to die a virgin.. Also, Greg King and Penny Wilson’s book “The Fate of the Romanovs” talks of the Bolshevik allegations OTMA was sexually assaulted, but they themselves have said on APTM that in their research they found it UNtrue.Books like this, “Tsarina’s Daughter” and “Anastasia’s Secret” portray Maria, Tatiana and Anastasia, respectively, as bland characters unlike in personality to their historical basis, having unprotected and thoughtless sex like a 21st century uneducated girl. Sex doesn’t bother me in ANY way as long as it’s legal and safe, but portraying OTMA like this is so inaccurate - and having Olga sexually assaulted is INSULTING to her memory!Save your cash on better Romanov books i.e. this one about Maria!!: The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller —a virtually if not completely accurate retelling of OTMA, with NO fictionalizations, lauded as a great novel by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist (the true voice of Maria is heard, the book is told alternately in each of Maria, Olga, Tatiana, and Anastasia’s voices! Miller vividly tells Maria’s unique tale of traveling across Siberia to Yekaterinburg).” (quote from a review) 
NOTE: this author also STOLE Ally Kumari/Alenka’s ( imperial-russia) artwork to promote her book without crediting Ally or asking permission

the-lost-empires:

"I don’t know who wrote this review "For anyone obsessed with the Romanovs, this is the best book you’ll ever find", but oh my God! This book has beloved, sweet Maria having SEX with a soldier who plans to rescue her (typical, ridiculously inaccurate old story repeated numerous times), but I flipped when I read “Olga was defiled on the Rus”. OLGA, TATIANA NOR ANASTASIA WERE DEFILED ON THE RUS THIS IS A LIE THAT WAS PURPORTED BY THE BOLSHEVIK GUARDS. DISGUSTING! Also, in the opening chapter the author writes Russia was praying for seven years prior to Maria’ birth for an heir; Nicky and Alix wed in 1894, Maria born 1899 - this speaks volumes to the historical veracity.

I think perhaps what upsets me most—besides Olga being sexually assaulted—was that writers think—consciously or unconsciously-a woman’s life story is not worth telling if she didn’t fall in love, or have sex, or make out. "Marie" writes she’s happy she wont die a virgin.It just makes me sad that a beautiful amazing story like Maria’s is water-downed in not only a bland characterization, but as girl almost wholly concerned about love and sex, as if that is what makes her a real woman. (also, wouldn’t the real Maria have been smart enough to know having sex can result in pregnancy and endanger the lives of her family? Not that the real Maria would (she wouldn’t!), but besides the impossibility of privacy at Ipatiev and Maria’s prim Victorian upbringing, there’s no way can see her risking her family’s lives or possibility of a pregnancy just so she wont die a virgin)

The author mentions Helen Rappaport and Greg King as sources. In Rappaport’s new OTMA biography, she omitted the mention of this unfounded salacious rumour of Maria being caught in a “compromising position” with a guard, after Rappaport wrote of the baseless rumour (she uses the word *”alleged”*)in her Ekaterinburg book. As if Maria was worrying she was going to die a virgin.. Also, Greg King and Penny Wilson’s book “The Fate of the Romanovs” talks of the Bolshevik allegations OTMA was sexually assaulted, but they themselves have said on APTM that in their research they found it UNtrue.

Books like this, “Tsarina’s Daughter” and “Anastasia’s Secret” portray Maria, Tatiana and Anastasia, respectively, as bland characters unlike in personality to their historical basis, having unprotected and thoughtless sex like a 21st century uneducated girl. Sex doesn’t bother me in ANY way as long as it’s legal and safe, but portraying OTMA like this is so inaccurate - and having Olga sexually assaulted is INSULTING to her memory!

Save your cash on better Romanov books i.e. this one about Maria!!: The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller —a virtually if not completely accurate retelling of OTMA, with NO fictionalizations, lauded as a great novel by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist (the true voice of Maria is heard, the book is told alternately in each of Maria, Olga, Tatiana, and Anastasia’s voices! Miller vividly tells Maria’s unique tale of traveling across Siberia to Yekaterinburg).” (quote from a review) 

NOTE: this author also STOLE Ally Kumari/Alenka’s ( imperial-russia) artwork to promote her book without crediting Ally or asking permission




posted: 09/30/14 ·110 ♥ ·via · reblog

historyofromanovs:

As the daughters of the Imperial Couple of Russia, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia lived a closely guarded lifestyle. It was rare that they were actually given the chance to play with their Imperial or Royal Cousins, and instead were most often in the company of the servants and their families. Being so sheltered from the Aristocratic Society that ruled St. Petersburg, they depended on each other for friendship, comfort, support, and trust. The girls were closer to each other than most other Imperial and Royal sisters. Each knew she could never come to the Russian Throne.
Everyone in the nursery eventually knew that each Grand Duchess was meant to be married off, and that hopefully at least of two of them would be married into the head of other Ruling Families. The thought of being apart from each other horrified the sisters, for each felt a strong bond and a sense of duty to their homeland and to each other. When they were young, they proclaimed their unity by inventing a single signature to represent all four girls, OTMA, using the first initial of their names. They shared everything: their hopes, dreams, thoughts, and fears, as well as clothing and jewelry. Source: www.livadia.org
Full size of the colorization here.

historyofromanovs:

As the daughters of the Imperial Couple of Russia, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia lived a closely guarded lifestyle. It was rare that they were actually given the chance to play with their Imperial or Royal Cousins, and instead were most often in the company of the servants and their families. Being so sheltered from the Aristocratic Society that ruled St. Petersburg, they depended on each other for friendship, comfort, support, and trust. The girls were closer to each other than most other Imperial and Royal sisters. Each knew she could never come to the Russian Throne.

Everyone in the nursery eventually knew that each Grand Duchess was meant to be married off, and that hopefully at least of two of them would be married into the head of other Ruling Families. The thought of being apart from each other horrified the sisters, for each felt a strong bond and a sense of duty to their homeland and to each other. When they were young, they proclaimed their unity by inventing a single signature to represent all four girls, OTMA, using the first initial of their names. They shared everything: their hopes, dreams, thoughts, and fears, as well as clothing and jewelry. Source: www.livadia.org

Full size of the colorization here.




posted: 09/30/14 ·148 ♥ ·via · source · reblog

The full footage of Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia in Constanza, Romania.

(look at the new footage of Anastasia’s OMG face in the third row!) 




posted: 09/29/14 ·364 ♥ ·via · reblog

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia



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posted: 09/29/14 ·319 ♥ ·via · reblog

ohsoromanov:

OTMA in the big pair’s bedroom at the Alexander Palace, 1916.




posted: 09/28/14 ·44 ♥ ·via · reblog

tatiananikolaevna asked: I was wondering, would you happen to know how tall the girls were?

historyofromanovs:

Olga - 5’5”
Tatiana - 5’8”
Maria - 5’7”
Anastasia - 5’2”


tags: #Romanov


posted: 09/27/14 ·4 ♥ · reblog

Russia's Lost Princesses, 1. The Gilded Cage 

If anyone’s interested, BBC iPlayer is now showing a documentary on the four last Russian grand duchesses! It’s a pretty good documentary and at the moment it just started so there are more upcoming documentaries to follow up with this one… 




posted: 08/27/14 ·44 ♥ ·via · reblog

thecarefree-art:

While recovering from a terrible flu, I ended up painting one of my favourite royal princesses of all time, Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov. It’s been a while since I last spoken or did anything in relation to her, and I feel bad since I did my exam themes based on her, even on my first year in uni!
I know some people find this a bit creepy as I was once even shamed for liking Anastasia who had a loving father that unfortunately can only be seen as a failure of a Tsar, and yes I DO agree that he was terrible at his job - but the bolsheviks could have spared his innocent children’s lives, for they were absolute darlings who have deserved better and each of them have their own unique personality and traits. My favourite would be Maria Nikolaevna, the second youngest of the four grand duchesses, but I can’t help but paint darling Nastya out &lt;3

thecarefree-art:

While recovering from a terrible flu, I ended up painting one of my favourite royal princesses of all time, Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov. It’s been a while since I last spoken or did anything in relation to her, and I feel bad since I did my exam themes based on her, even on my first year in uni!

I know some people find this a bit creepy as I was once even shamed for liking Anastasia who had a loving father that unfortunately can only be seen as a failure of a Tsar, and yes I DO agree that he was terrible at his job - but the bolsheviks could have spared his innocent children’s lives, for they were absolute darlings who have deserved better and each of them have their own unique personality and traits. My favourite would be Maria Nikolaevna, the second youngest of the four grand duchesses, but I can’t help but paint darling Nastya out <3




posted: 08/24/14 ·297 ♥ ·via · reblog

olga-nikolayevna:

Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia (much better quality footage from a Russian doc than that one that shall not be named)