Monday 13 April. The Romanov Grand Duchesses
12th April 2015
Monday, 13 April 2015 at Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TA, at 6.30 for 7 pm.
The Romanov Grand Duchesses
The award-winning writer Helen Rappaport will speak on her latest book which has been a Sunday Times Top 5 best-seller in Biography 2014 and New York Times best seller in Non-Fiction, and it was voted Good Reads Best Biography & History, 2014.
On 17 July 1918, four young women walked down twenty-three steps into the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg. The eldest was twenty-two, the youngest only seventeen. Together with their parents and their thirteen-year-old brother, they were all brutally murdered. Their crime: to be the daughters of the last Tsar and Tsarina of All the Russias.
Much has been written about Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their tragic fate, as it has about the Russian Revolutions of 1917, but little attention has been paid to the Romanov princesses, who – perhaps inevitably – have been seen as minor players in the drama. Helen Rappaport puts the neglected story of the sisters centre stage and offers the most authoritative account yet of the lives of Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, drawing on their own letters and diaries and other hitherto unexamined primary sources.
Copies of Helen’s book will be available for purchase and signing on the evening of her talk.
Don’t miss this highly personal and moving account!
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