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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. 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, and her disastrous Russian marriage. Starting with this marital catastrophe, Romanov expert Coryne Hall traces 60 years of family feuding that include outright war, inter-marriages, assassination, and the Great Game in Afghanistan. In the fateful year of 1894, Victoria must come to terms with the fact that her granddaughter has become the Tsar's wife, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia. Eventually, distrust of the German Kaiser brings Victoria and the Tsar closer together. Permission has been granted by the Royal Archives at Windsor to use extracts from Queen Victoria's journals to 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 Imperial Dancer and To Free the Romanovs. She is a regular contributor to Majesty magazine, The European Royal History Journal, Royal Russia, Sovereign and Royalty Digest Quarterly.