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Translated for the First Time in English with Annotations by a Leading Expert, the Romanov Family’s Final Years Through the Writings of the Second Oldest Daughter Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia was the second of the four daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Long recognized by historians as the undisputed “beauty” of the f Translated for the First Time in English with Annotations by a Leading Expert, the Romanov Family’s Final Years Through the Writings of the Second Oldest Daughter Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia was the second of the four daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Long recognized by historians as the undisputed “beauty” of the family, Tatiana was acknowledged for her poise, her elegance, and her innate dignity within her own family. Helen Azar, translator of the diaries of Olga Romanov, and Nicholas B. A. Nicholson, Russian Imperial historian, have joined together to present a truly comprehensive picture of this extraordinarily gifted, complex, and intelligent woman in her own words. Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar: Diaries and Letters, 1913–1918, presents translations of material never before published in Russian or in English, as well as materials never published in their entirety in the West. The brisk, modern prose of Tatiana’s diary entries reveals the character of a young woman who was far more than the sheltered imperial beauty as she previously has been portrayed. While many historians and writers describe her as a cold, haughty, and distant aristocrat, this book shows instead a remarkably down-to-earth and humorous young woman, full of life and compassion. A detail-oriented and observant participant in some of the most important historical events of the early twentieth century, she left firsthand descriptions of the tercentenary celebrations of the House of Romanov, the early years of Russia’s involvement in World War I, and the road to her family’s final days in Siberian exile. Her writings reveal extraordinary details previously unknown or unacknowledged. Lavishly annotated for the benefit of the nonspecialist reader, this book is not only a reevaluation of Tatiana’s role as more than just one of four sisters, but also a valuable reference on Russia, the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the people closest to the Grand Duchess and her family.


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Translated for the First Time in English with Annotations by a Leading Expert, the Romanov Family’s Final Years Through the Writings of the Second Oldest Daughter Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia was the second of the four daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Long recognized by historians as the undisputed “beauty” of the f Translated for the First Time in English with Annotations by a Leading Expert, the Romanov Family’s Final Years Through the Writings of the Second Oldest Daughter Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia was the second of the four daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Long recognized by historians as the undisputed “beauty” of the family, Tatiana was acknowledged for her poise, her elegance, and her innate dignity within her own family. Helen Azar, translator of the diaries of Olga Romanov, and Nicholas B. A. Nicholson, Russian Imperial historian, have joined together to present a truly comprehensive picture of this extraordinarily gifted, complex, and intelligent woman in her own words. Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar: Diaries and Letters, 1913–1918, presents translations of material never before published in Russian or in English, as well as materials never published in their entirety in the West. The brisk, modern prose of Tatiana’s diary entries reveals the character of a young woman who was far more than the sheltered imperial beauty as she previously has been portrayed. While many historians and writers describe her as a cold, haughty, and distant aristocrat, this book shows instead a remarkably down-to-earth and humorous young woman, full of life and compassion. A detail-oriented and observant participant in some of the most important historical events of the early twentieth century, she left firsthand descriptions of the tercentenary celebrations of the House of Romanov, the early years of Russia’s involvement in World War I, and the road to her family’s final days in Siberian exile. Her writings reveal extraordinary details previously unknown or unacknowledged. Lavishly annotated for the benefit of the nonspecialist reader, this book is not only a reevaluation of Tatiana’s role as more than just one of four sisters, but also a valuable reference on Russia, the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the people closest to the Grand Duchess and her family.

30 review for Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar: Diaries and Letters, 1913–1918

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    For years one thing annoyed me about books about the Romanovs. They had four girls and none of them ever really appeared in the books. Usually confined to a page or two, lumped together as OTMA they came across as nuns sheltered from the world in a convent like environment, each with a word or two to describe their personality. Olga was smart, Tatiana haughty, Marie pretty and charming and Anastasia the mischievous one. And of course we all know that the youngest of the girls got the most public For years one thing annoyed me about books about the Romanovs. They had four girls and none of them ever really appeared in the books. Usually confined to a page or two, lumped together as OTMA they came across as nuns sheltered from the world in a convent like environment, each with a word or two to describe their personality. Olga was smart, Tatiana haughty, Marie pretty and charming and Anastasia the mischievous one. And of course we all know that the youngest of the girls got the most publicity thanks to events after the revolution. Thankfully in recent years this has changed and several books have come out devoted to these four young ladies. Best of all many allow them to tell their own stories. I've made my way through the diaries of Olga and the "little pair" it's time to read about Tatiana. She truly comes alive in these pages. Though her day to day life was somewhat mundane, I felt I could hear her voice come through the page. I was amused to read that her parents had similar problems reading her letters and writing as mine did. Tatiana comes across not as haughty or stuck up, but a hard working, caring health care worker, a devoted daughter and sister, and it made me sad to think of what might've been if she had lived. Would she have founded a hospital for wounded and recovering soldiers, or a nursing school? Sadly thanks to history we will never know. But I'm glad now that after so long I have finally got my wish and feel like I have gotten to know these four unique young women who had once been lost to history.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zosi

    The author talks in the preface about how Western historians often thought of Tatiana as cold and/or haughty and I’m ashamed to say that was the impression I’d originally thought of as well. I really loved the chance to get to know her more in these pages, especially seeing how deeply seriously she took her duties as a nurse in training and how much she cared for both her family and all the soldiers she looked after. Her devotion and kindness clearly shine through. I feel so blessed that these b The author talks in the preface about how Western historians often thought of Tatiana as cold and/or haughty and I’m ashamed to say that was the impression I’d originally thought of as well. I really loved the chance to get to know her more in these pages, especially seeing how deeply seriously she took her duties as a nurse in training and how much she cared for both her family and all the soldiers she looked after. Her devotion and kindness clearly shine through. I feel so blessed that these books exist and I can really get a clearer picture of who the girls are as individuals.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    A short book, it took me just a few hours to finish it. I’ve read many books on the Romanovs, my favorites were by Robert K. Massive and Simon-Sebag Montefiore, both incredibly rich in description and facts. This book by Helen Azar and Nicholas B.A. Nicholson, Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tzar, was a completely different form since it was a diary with notes by the authors. As I was reading, I kept thinking, she doesn’t have much variety in her life, from home to eating meals with her fa A short book, it took me just a few hours to finish it. I’ve read many books on the Romanovs, my favorites were by Robert K. Massive and Simon-Sebag Montefiore, both incredibly rich in description and facts. This book by Helen Azar and Nicholas B.A. Nicholson, Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tzar, was a completely different form since it was a diary with notes by the authors. As I was reading, I kept thinking, she doesn’t have much variety in her life, from home to eating meals with her family, to bandaging injured soldiers, to writing letters to Papa, the Tzar. The book was, because of this, redundant, Interesting, but repetitive. I did like reading the abdication papers of Nicholas when he was forced to leave as ruler of Russia. Not much was said about Rasputin, which I found very interesting. This is a book, truly, for the fan of Alexandra and Nicholas Romanov.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Tatiana Romanov by Helen Azar is a free advanced reader copy of a paperback book offered to me by Pen & Sword in exchange for an honest review. It was fascinating to read the daily correspondence of an actual princess/czarina, especially from Tatiana, who seems to be responsible, mothering, caring, grateful, and frequently asks after the welfare of others. Though her writing is interspersed with other documents and diaries of other dignitaries, you get the sense of her day to day appointments, sm Tatiana Romanov by Helen Azar is a free advanced reader copy of a paperback book offered to me by Pen & Sword in exchange for an honest review. It was fascinating to read the daily correspondence of an actual princess/czarina, especially from Tatiana, who seems to be responsible, mothering, caring, grateful, and frequently asks after the welfare of others. Though her writing is interspersed with other documents and diaries of other dignitaries, you get the sense of her day to day appointments, small mercies and moments of great happiness, going to theatre, schooling, playtime, entertaining visitors and members of the military, illnesses, boating excursions, religious services, and her patients while working with the International Red Cross.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ally Kumari

    These books are such a blessing to anyone with serious interest in everyday life of the last Romanovs!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    Mostly skimmed this. It's a bit too dry and more of a reference for someone who might want to write a story about this tragic family. The notes were just too distracting for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    I was so great as a person with interest in Russian history to read this book. Recommend to anyone interested in the daughters of Nicholas II. This book gave insight into their private life like no biography can, in the words of the second daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, writing during WW1 and the Russian Revolution.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michele Davis

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