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Imperial Dancer
 
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Coryne Hall
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Imperial Dancer

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The vivacious Mathilde Kschessinska (1872-1971) was the mistress of three Russian Grand Dukes and the greatest ballerina of her generation. As a young girl, she had enjoyed romantic troika rides, and passionate nights, with the future Tsar Nicholas II. When their relationship ended Mathilde began simultaneous affairs with Nicholas's cousin, Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duke ...more
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Published May 1st 2012 by History Press (SC) (first published September 25th 2005)
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Laura Edwards
Before even reaching page 100, the message was clear. Kschessinska was a spoiled, egotistical, materialistic, conniving b****. If she had a good side, it was not aptly conveyed in this book. And dry paragraphs listing dates for births, weddings and deaths were tedious and far too frequent. Also, continually alluding to an ongoing affair with Nicholas II (which most historians agree ended once he married) before reluctantly conceding the fact proved wearisome and only seemed meant to titillate. A ...more
Rebecca Huston
A very good biography about Mathilde Kschessinska, the mistress of Nicholas II before he married Alexandra Feodorovna. Here the author stays within the known facts and reveals the ballerina, warts and all, and does a fairly good job of it. Recommended.

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Victoria Shepherd
Fascinating portrait of decadence to poverty, and the indomitable spirit of a ferociously talented woman. I longed for photographs, though.
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