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The Russian Court at Sea: The Voyage of HMS Marlborough

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
On 11th April 1919, less than a year after the assassination of the Romanovs, the British battleship HMS Marlborough left Yalta carrying 17 members of the Russian Imperial Family into perpetual exile. They included the Tsar’s mother, the Dowager Empress Marie, and his sister, the Grand Duchess Xenia, Prince Felix Youssupov, the murderer of Rasputin and a man once mooted as ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Short Books
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Apr 06, 2017 Dem rated it it was ok
Shelves: russian-history
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The Russian Court at Sea is an account of the Romanovs voyage into excile. The book is a short read at under 250 pages but the writing is clumsy and historical content was incomplete.

April 1919 just under a year after the assassination of the Romanovs the British Battleship HMS Marlborough sails from Yalta and on board are 17 members of the Russian Royal Family who are escaping Russia and hoping to start life afresh.

I found this little book while browsing the Russian section of a larg
Apr 09, 2015 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Coming straight off the back of Robert K. Massie's excellent Nicholas & Alexandra, this was a terrible disappointment.

An absolute lack of any interesting narrative tying together the jumble of various excerpts from a far-flung range of sources.

First 100 pages explaining the vast entourage of characters, 50 pages covering the short voyage, in which just about nothing of any interest besides a few sing-alongs and some gift exchanging occurs, and an epilogic 50 pages documenting what all these
Mar 27, 2016 Kelley rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to reading more about the final flight of 17 Romanovs from the Crimea (and Revolutionary Russia in 1919) to Europe, but this book, "The Russian Court at Sea: The Voyage of the HMS Marlborough", was a very disappointing account of that story. Yes, the book gives an overall picture of what happened, generally, but its technical presentation was muddled, its coverage of the event was incomplete, and it didn't offer much substantively new beyond what I've read elsewhere. ...more
Nick Sweeney
Jan 18, 2012 Nick Sweeney rated it liked it
The voyage of the Marlborough, which took remnants of the Russian court away from Russia for the last time in April 1919, the floating court presided over by Tsar Nicholas's mother, the Empress Maria Federovna. Most of the court realised at once that the niceties of the court would have to be abandoned almost as soon as they boarded the crowded ship, and most seem to have stood for it with a stiff upper lip. Many of the crew kept detailed accounts of the voyage in diaries, so there was a lot of ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was ok
A curiously disappointing book. Great subject, great concept. What went wrong? For a short book with an interesting subject it was a real grind. The rigid structure imposed by the daily entries of the different participants was too convoluted and this overlaid with the complex cast of characters made for leaden prose. In the last 20 pages when the author is freed from this structure the book takes off a bit, like the last gasp of a misfiring rocket and you get a sense of what might have been. Re ...more
Aug 31, 2016 Joan rated it liked it
An interesting, if slight, account of a relatively unknown chapter in the history of the Romanovs during the revolution. I would have liked a bit more details about the relationships between the various figures. The photos are interesting, though, as are the short bios of the various crew members of the ship.
Kate F
Mar 19, 2011 Kate F rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book - it told me about a part of history that I was only slightly acquainted with although it was slightly spoilt by the inevitable typos that seem to bedevil publishing today. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in what was a very turbulent period of history.
Saturday's Child
Jun 26, 2011 Saturday's Child rated it really liked it
An interesting and enjoyable read.
Angela Pezel
Jan 28, 2013 Angela Pezel rated it really liked it
It wasn't as in depth as I would have liked, but it was an easy informational read.
Gillian Scott
Apr 06, 2014 Gillian Scott rated it liked it
This book is an interesting account of the escape of members of the Imperial family form Yalta in 1919. Worth reading for fans of the Romanovs.
Oct 04, 2011 Thereasa rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Don't know why I bothered.
Cherine Helmy
Jan 07, 2016 Cherine Helmy rated it really liked it
Charming account of an evacuation of members of The Last Tsar's family by a British Naval ship...based on personal letters, biographies and interviews..
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Frances Welch, coauthor of Memories of Revolution and author of The Romanovs and Mr. Gibbes, has written about the Romanovs for the Sunday Telegraph and Granta. She lives in Wiltshire, England.
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