Queen Victoria and The Romanovs: Sixty Years of Mutual Distrust (Paperback)

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Alexander III called Victoria ‘a pampered, sentimental, selfish old woman,’ while to her he was a sovereign whom she could not regard as a gentleman. But the Queen's son and two of her granddaughters married Romanovs.

Despite their frequent visits to England, Queen Victoria never quite trusted the Romanovs. In her letters she referred to ‘horrid Russia’ and was adamant that she did not wish her granddaughters to marry into that barbaric country. ‘Russia I could not wish for any of you,’ she said. She distrusted Tsar Nicholas I but as a young woman she was bowled over by his son, the future Alexander II, although there could be no question of a marriage. Political questions loomed large and the Crimean War did nothing to improve relations. This distrust started with the story of the Queen’s ‘Aunt Julie’, Princess Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and her disastrous Russian marriage.

Starting with this marital catastrophe, Romanov expert Coryne Hall traces sixty years of family feuding that include outright war, inter-marriages, assassination, and the Great Game in Afghanistan, when Alexander III called Victoria ‘a pampered, sentimental, selfish old woman’. In the fateful year of 1894, Victoria must come to terms with the fact that her granddaughter has become Nicholas II’s wife, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Eventually, distrust of the German Kaiser brings Victoria and the Tsar closer together.

Permission has kindly been granted by the Royal Archives at Windsor to use extracts from Queen Victoria's journals to tell this fascinating story of family relations played out on the world stage.

About the Author

Coryne Hall is a historian, broadcaster and consultant specializing in the Romanovs and British and European royalty.

Her books include Little Mother of Russia, a Biography of the Empress Marie Feodorovna 1847-1928; Once a Grand Duchess. Xenia, Sister of Nicholas II (with John Van der Kiste); Imperial Dancer. Mathilde Kschessinska and the Romanovs; Princesses on the Wards. Royal Women in Nursing Through Wars and Revolutions and Princess Olga. A Wild and Barefoot Romanov (With H.H. Princess Olga Romanoff). She is a regular contributor to Majesty magazine, The European Royal History Journal, Royal Russia and Royalty Digest Quarterly.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781398109094
ISBN-10: 1398109096
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication Date: May 15th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English