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MARIA ROMANOV: THIRD DAUGHTER OF THE LAST TSAR. Diaries and Letters 1908-1918.

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In the twilight of the nineteenth century, a third daughter was born to Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra. Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna—known to her family and friends simply as “Mashka”—grew into an empathetic, down-to-earth girl, unaffected by her imperial status. Often overshadowed by her two older sisters, Olga and Tatiana, and later, her brother Alexei and you ...more
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Zosi
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And so I round out my readings of the Romanov girls’ diaries (those that are available) and the year in books. I don’t want to say I have favorites because I love all the girls, but I’ve always loved Maria’s kind demeanor and hate that she is often overlooked now just like she was in life. This book could honestly have been called the 1916 diary because that’s mostly what it is and there is overlap with the volumes on Maria and Anastasia and Tatiana but that can’t be helped. However, I did appre ...more
Moniek Bloks
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia was born on 26 June 1899 (O.S 14 June) as the third daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra Feodorovna. Tragically, she and her entire family were killed in the early morning of 17 July 1918. Her remains were not identified until 2007 and are still not interred with the rest of the family.

Described as "kindness itself", Maria's hopes and dreams for the future have been preserved in her diaries, though not all of them have survived. Helen Azar
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Elma Voogdt
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A book about Maria Romanov: Third Daughter of the Last Tsar, Diaries and Letters, 1908–1918. Interesting because we do not much about her.

The book contains excerpts from the remaining diaries and letters from Maria. Unfortunately, many letters and diaries were destroyed by Maria herself. These fragments give a glimpse into the life of the young Maria and give also a deeper look into the daily lives of the imperial family by the own words of Maria. The author, Helen Azar translated these writings
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Roberta
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't think of a better way to know and understand a historical figure than through reading their own words in letters and diaries. As she did in previous books covering the older daughter's of Nicholas and Alexandra, Helen Azar takes you into the world of daughter number 3, Maria. Her translations of these writings from the originals provides a wonderful glimpse into a truly lost world, and her knowledge of the history of the period and the family allows her to give a great commentary on what ...more
Alenka of Bohemia
Much like other of Helen Azar´s books, this one too is invaluable to any Romanov enthusiast who wants to learn about the private existence of the last Imperial family. And Maria has always been my favourite so reading her own words felt even more moving. You can really tell how much she grew up post-revolution.
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Helen Azar has been interested in history of the Romanov Dynasty for many years, ever since she became fascinated with the saga of the human remains discovered outside Ekaterinburg in the 1990s, which were proven to be those of Russia’s murdered imperial family. The subsequent controversy about these bones, and Helen’s science background (she studied biochemistry), moved her to co-author several a ...more

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