BORN IN THE PURPLE
The Private World of the Children of Tsar Nicholas II
by Paul Gilbert

The Children of Tsar Nicholas II
(left to right) Grand Duchess Tatiana, Grand Duchess Anastasia, Tsarevich Alexis, Grand Duchess Maria, Grand Duchess Olga

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ABOUT THE BOOK

They liked to write letters and usually signed them with their common signature OTMA, the acronym of the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia.

These four beautiful young women and their younger brother, Alexis, the Tsarevich and Heir to the Russian throne were the children of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, the last tsar and tsarina of Russia.

Their world was a private one, shared by few outsiders. They spent much of their short lives in the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoe Selo, the Lower Dacha at Peterhof and Livadia, their palace in the Crimea. Here they were fussed over by nannies and educated by tutors. The enormous parks that surrounded the palaces became their private playground, where they enjoyed walks with their beloved papa, and played the same games enjoyed by most other children their ages. They were the centre of their loving parentsí universe.

They had entered this world for but a brief moment--the eldest daughter, Grand Duchess Olga Nicholaievna was twenty-two when she died, and the youngest, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaievna was merely seventeen . . . Alexis was not to see his fourteenth birthday.

They were to share the same terrible fate of their parents at Ekaterinburg in July 1918. Their only fault in the eyes of their murderers was their imperial birth. They were born in the purple. This is their story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul Gilbert is an Independent Romanov historian, and Royal Russia Founder & Web Site Administrator.

BACKGROUND MUSIC

The inimitable Zhanna Bichevskaya, a famous bard and folk singer in Russia, sings about the Holy Royal Martyrs in the background.

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