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MARIA and ANASTASIA: The Youngest Romanov Grand Duchesses In Their Own Words (The Russian Imperial Family: In Their Own Words)

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They were the two youngest daughters of the world's most powerful man - Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia. Known to their family and friends as "The Little Pair", Grand Duchesses Maria and Anastasia were born into opulence, but led modest lifestyles. They were two normal young women growing up in extraordinary circumstances, ultimately getting caught in the middle of frightening ...more
Kindle Edition, 191 pages
Published February 16th 2015 (first published January 15th 2015)
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May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History buffs, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, families, young adult readers, Russian studies
This is not just another Romanov book. Despite significant interest over the past twenty-five years or so, it apparently occurred to no one that the authentic voices of the last Tsar's two youngest daughters would result in truly engaging reading, and very close to a narrative. Yet, this is what author Helen Azar has done. Her translation of the Grand Duchesses Maria and Anastasia's journal, letters, and other ephemera brings the two young women's lives back to vivid, bright life. Azar, a Romano ...more
There was a lot that I liked about this book. The top of the list is that the author let the "little pair" speak for themselves without adding her own interpretation. Most of the book is letters both Maria and Anastasia wrote to their father between 1914 and up until shortly before their execution in the summer of 1918. Also included is Maria's 1916 diary and letters to other family members during their exile. Their sense of humour comes through on each page, as does the love and closeness of th ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think there must be no better way to connect with people, living or dead, than through their own words. These letters and diary entries, never meant to be shared with posterity give wonderful insight into the lives and personalities of these royal sisters. I was so touched when I read Maria's description of climbing through waist deep snow to place flowers on the graves of soldiers from her infirmary. It says so much about this young lady. With the gentle guiding hand of a great expert on the ...more
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May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Edizione kindle tremenda, ma nel complesso questo libro offre un interessante spaccato della personalità delle due granduchesse e del periodo in cui hanno vissuto, dove altri libri, ben più famosi e diffusi, hanno fallito.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I loved reading the letters and diary entries in this. The postcards too. It was very interesting getting to see everything through their eyes. Definitely recommend for fans of history or the Romanov's.
Carolyn Harris
Maria's final letters demonstrate that she was the most hopeful member of her family in their final months. In a letter written just two months before her death, Maria wrote, “It is difficult to write anything pleasant, because there is very little of it here to report, but on the other hand, God does not abandon us, the sun shines and the birds sing.” The publication of Maria’s letters and diaries provide valuable new insights about life within Russia’s last Imperial family from 1913 to 1918 an ...more
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Insightful. Easy read. Very informative. The detail into the daily lives of the youngest daughters right up to their murder made the story all so current.
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Helen Azar is a public librarian specializing in history. She grew up in a Russian speaking household and as a child used to translate paragraphs from children's books and magazines for fun.

While researching for her first book, Helen visited Russia several times, and as part of the library school academic curriculum worked in the Rare Book Fund at the Museum at Tsarskoe Selo, which holds the imper

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