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Book Title: Imperial Dancer: Mathilde Kschessinska and the Romanovs|
The author of the book: Coryne Hall
Edition: Sutton Publishing
Date of issue: September 25th 2005
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 14.64 MB
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Reader ratings: 3.7
ISBN 13: 9780750935579
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When I picked up this book to read, I thought maybe it would be dull and dry. This was a history book about a woman I'd never heard of, set in a time I know little about. It was also about ballet, something I've never been into.
It ended up being one of those magical books that smashes all your low expectations and drags you into the pages.
Mathilde Kschessinska is a fascinating woman. A famous Russian ballerina, mistress to 3 members of the Romanov family, including the Tsar. Her life story is told here from her life in Russian society, to during her last days in Paris where she is poverty stricken.
I don't know anything about the Romanovs or the Russian revolution apart from the fact that they were murdered. I have no idea what the other side of that was, so it's hard for me to be anything but shocked at the murder of the Tsar and Tsarina, especially since she is linked to the British Royal family. This has really piqued my interest and I'm going to make sure to read more about this.
I also didn't understand when the rest of the Romanov family fled Russia, that the European royal families did very little to help or house them. This seemed odd, since they were all linked by family. But again, maybe I just don't know enough about the situation.
I still can't decide if I liked Mathilde or not. It's hard not to admire her at times but she also seemed very selfish and self centred. This book also claims that Mathilde made things up in her own memoirs and this tries to set the record straight by discrediting some of the things she said with dates etc
While reading this, I looked her up on YouTube and saw a film had been made about her life, I watched the trailer, it was in Russian. But then saw a news article that one of the cinema's it had been shown in, had been burned down. I guess people still have strong feelings about her and what she used to represent.
This was a great book, it kept me entertained with Mathilde's life story and also has made me want to find out about the Romanovs. And people say History is dull!
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Read information about the authorCoryne Hall is an historian, broadcaster and consultant specialising in the Romanovs and British and European royalty. She was born in Ealing, West London and developed a fascination for Imperial Russia in childhood when she learnt that her great-grandmother was born in St Petersburg, an almost exact contemporary of Nicholas II. The author of six books, she is a regular contributor to Majesty magazine, The European Royal History Journal, Royal Russia, Sovereign and Royalty Digest Quarterly. She acted as consultant on the Danish television documentaries “A Royal Family” and “The Royal Jewels.”
Coryne has lectured at royalty conferences in England, Denmark, Russia and America. Her media appearances include Woman’s Hour, BBC South Today, the documentaries “Russia’s Lost Princesses” and "13 Moments of Fate", live coverage of Charles and Camilla’s wedding for Canadian television and co-hosting live coverage of Prince William’s wedding alongside John Moore for Newstalk 1010, Canada. She was also the last person to have a private audience with Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. She lives in Hampshire.