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PRINCESS VICTORIA MELITA
Grand Duchess Cyril of Russia, 1876-1936
by John Van der Kiste

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Princess Victoria Melita played a colourful role in the annals of the British and Russian royalty of the time. Born in 1876, the second daughter of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, she made a brief but unhappy marriage at the age of seventeen with her cousin Ernest, Grand Duke of Hesse. In the face of strong opposition from most of her family she divorced him seven years later and married another cousin, Grand Duke Cyril of Russia, resulting in three years exile.

When revolution eventually toppled the empire in 1917, the Grand Duke and Duchess and their children left the country for Finland, living in straitened and often dangerous circumstances for three long years. Following the atrocities wrought by the Bolsheviks during this period, including the murder of most of the Romanov family, the Grand Duke believed he was the senior surviving member of the Imperial House of Russia and proclaimed himself Tsar.

They were, however, never able to return to their homeland, and spent the rest of their days in dignified if not always serene exile. The Grand Duchess died in 1936, predeceasing her husband by two years.

Using previously unpublished correspondence from the Royal Archives and Astor papers, and including 16 pages of black and white photos, this book presents a fascinating portrait of a Princess, set against the imperial courts of the turn of the century and inter-war Europe.

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ITEM # 2008
PUBLISHED:1994
BINDING: Trade Soft Cover Edition
SIZE: 9-1/4" x 6"
NO. PAGES: 207
ILLUSTRATIONS: 37 Black & White Photos
LANGUAGE: English

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