Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"Romanov Sisters" follows royal daughters' last days

Author Helen Rappaport's new book, "The Romanov Sisters," has been published by St. Martin's Press, wherein the author illuminates the fates of the daughters of Russia's last tsar through photographs before they were executed with their father--Nicholas II--in 1918.

Rappaport previously wrote about the Romanov dynasty in her 2008 book, "Yekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs," where she recounted the last 14 days of the imperialist families in hiding at the Ipatiev House, Buffalo News reports.

In "The Romanov Sisters," Rappaport used photograph collections and a collection of unpublished letters and journals written to and from the Romanov family during their exile. Her book depicts the royal couple's four daughters--Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia--as private people.

"The tsar and tsarita's suite of interconnecting private rooms further testified to their three consuming passions: each other, their children and their devout religious faith," Rappaport said, according to Buffalo News.

Rappaport also characterized each of the four Romanov daughters as their own personalities. Olga, the eldest, was very aware of her heightened position as the tsar's daughter. Nicholas II would often refer to Olga as "little empress."

Tatiana, the next child, was even-tempered and kind, according to Rappaport, while Maria, the third child, was shy and often felt neglected and unloved by her parents. Anastasia, the youngest, was extremely rebellious and often did what she wanted despite being told not to by her parents and other authority figures in her life, Buffalo News reports.