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Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Royal Cousins at War
Topic: Documentaries


The Royal Russia Bookshop is pleased to offer the following 2-hour DVD. Please note that this DVD is in the NTSC format for US and Canada ONLY. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.

A House Divided - Episode 1

At the outbreak of the First World War three cousins reigned over Europe's greatest powers - Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of Britain. This two-part series looks at the role played by the three monarchs, and their relationships with each other, in the outbreak of war, arguing that it is far greater than historians have traditionally believed.

The first episode tells the story of the emerging divisions and rivalries between the interrelated royal houses of Europe and features the little known story of the two Danish sisters, Princess Alexandra and Princess Dagmar, who had pulled off the dynastic coup of the 19th century by marrying the heirs to both the British and Russian thrones. Following the invasion of their native Denmark by Prussia in 1864 during the Wars of German Unification, the sisters became the core of an anti-Prussian coalition that prefigured the great anti-German alliance of 1914. Their sons, King George V and Tsar Nicholas II were close friends.

It looks too at the tangled relationship between the German Kaiser and his English mother, Vicky - the oldest daughter of Queen Victoria. Disabled from birth, Kaiser Wilhelm had a complex love/hate attitude towards Vicky, which transferred itself to Britain as a whole, strongly influencing his foreign policy.

Into the Abyss - Episode 2

This looks at the realignment of the European powers and the emergence of the alliance system in the years following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. It examines the key role played by royalty in smoothing the path to the Anglo-Russian entente of 1907, and at the part played by the Kaiser's erratic, unstable personality in the growing isolation of Germany in the years leading up to 1914.

It explores the role played by each of the three monarchs in the frantic, desperate days of July and August 1914. And it tells the tragic story of King George's refusal to grant his cousin, and close friend, Tsar Nicholas asylum in England following the Russian Revolution of 1917 - a refusal that would lead directly to the brutal murder of the Tsar and his family by the Bolsheviks in the summer of 1918.

© Royal Russia. 12 November, 2014


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:04 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 12 November 2014 5:14 AM EST
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Sunday, 17 November 2013
The Romanovs: The Last 100 Years
Topic: Documentaries
 
The Romanovs: The Last 100 Years is a new Russian made documentary which attempts to unravel the reasons behind the downfall of the monarchy in 1917. This 90 minute video includes a rich collage of vintage film footage of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, historic re-enactments using contemporary Russian actors, and interviews. Among those interviewed are Prince Nicholas Romanovich, Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich, as well as the chief investigator and criminologist from the Russian Investigative Committee, Vladimir Soloviev, who recently investigated the murders of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The documentary explores the Sokolov investigation, as well as the numerous Romanov impostors that created headlines over the past century, the Ekaterinburg remains, a look at the modern day members of Russian Imperial House, the burial of Tsar Nicholas II at St. Petersburg in July 1998, and much more. The narration is in Russian, however, do not allow that to stop you from enjoying the wonderful images and historic film footage of the Imperial family of Russia, filmed before the Revolution. This documentary is the most comprehensive to date on the Romanov dynasty in the 20th century, absolutely fascinating!
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 November, 2013
 

 

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Updated: Sunday, 17 November 2013 2:50 PM EST
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