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Little Mother of Russia: A Biography of Empress Marie Feodorovna chapter 1 Little Mother of Russia: A Biography of Empress Marie Feodorovna, meaning Little Mother of Russia: A Biography of Empress Marie Feodorovna, genre Little Mother of Russia: A Biography of Empress Marie Feodorovna, book cover Little Mother of Russia: A Biography of Empress Marie Feodorovna, flies Little Mother of Russia: A Biography of Empress Marie Feodorovna, Little Mother of Russia: A Biography of Empress Marie Feodorovna c761ea11b95a4 Empress Marie, Born Princess Dagmar, Was The Daugher Of King Christian IX Of Denmark And Sister Of Queen Alexandra Of Great Britain, Edward VII S Wife She Was Betrothed To Tsarevitch Nicholas Of Russia, A Love Match On Both Sides, But Tragically He Died Months Before The Wedding A Year Later, Out Of Duty She Married His Brother The New Tsarevich And Sailed For Russia In

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  1. says:

    Little Mother of Russia is an immensely readable biography of the Dowager Empress Marie Fedorovna, the mother of the Last Tsar of Russia, from her childhood in Denmark through the triumphs and tragedies of her life as Empress to her return as a penniless exile to Denmark after the fall of the Romanov Dynasty Published in 1999, this book is somewhat difficult to find out but the information it contains is of great importance to anyone reading about the Romanov family as nine times out of ten there is a bias by authors in favor of poor misunderstood Empress Alexandra yet you discover from reading this book that Alexandra never attempted to fit in or learn about her new culture and world as the popular Marie had when she married into the Imperial Family.Marie was the matriarch of the Romanov family and ruled it with an iron hand until, and for a time after, the arrival of Alexandra She saw the potential problems of her son s love match marriage, watched it splinter the Romanov family apart, and tried to prevent the destruction only to have her protests repeatedly fall on deaf ears As anyone would after repeated spurnings, she retired from the field though she never stopped worrying about or loving her son and grandchildren She was one of the few, in the face of the overwhelming circumstantial evidence, not to accept the assassination of the Imperial Family as fact however, she also never accepted Anna Anderson as Anastasia either As far as Marie was concerned, the last Imperial Family of Russia was living in prison somewhere in Siberia She never accepted it and believed this until her death in the late 1920s.Unlike many books about the Romanovs, there is no attempt to sugar coat or sweeten Marie s disposition Her faults are as equally displayed as her triumphs She could be frivolous, revengeful, had no idea how to handle money, and yet also adored her family and was extremely loyal to the dynasty she married into as a teenager I found the fact they didn t try to turn Marie into a perfect unflawed woman refreshing in a sea of books imply that the Romanovs had absolutely no faults a state of affairs begun in the writing community after the canonization of the Last Imperial family Something this book shares with only a small handful of others I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the Romanov dynasty, especially the last decades, as this gives an unexpected insight into how a three hundred year old dynasty could fall so far and so fast due to stubbornness, religion, and hubris.

  2. says:

    A meticulously researched biography of the penultimate empress of Russia There had long been a need for a study of Marie Feodorovna s life and Coryne Hall delivered it Alexander III s wife and Nicholas II s mother was chic, glamorous, extravagant, temperamental, stubborn, ferociously loyal, loving, and she imparted shrewd advice that her eldest son increasingly, and devastatingly, ignored I thoroughly enjoyed Hall s study of her life.

  3. says:

    Well, wasn t she a piece of work From princess of third rate kingdom to Empress of Russia This is a compelling read for anyone who remains fascinated by Nicholas and Alexandra and the fall of the Romanovs One sees much clearly that the revolutionary seeds were sewn during the 13 year reign of Alexander III, Minnie Maria husband tsar and his absolute return to the absolutism of autocracy Haltingly implemented reforms were overturned and repression was restored with conviction Maria s role was to support her husband in all things and as the sociable and personable of the couple to be the face of the wife and little mother of Russia Over 50 years as she grew her into her role she became the standard bearer for Romanov dynasty, conservatism and duty to mother Russia and the church before else She was a formidable force, a peerless snob who believed in the intrinsic superiority of royalty and an utter spendthrift who delighted endlessly in her jewels and Worth gowns She and Alexandra ultimately were bitterly opposed as Alexandra exerted greater influence and poor judgement over Nicholas From the perspective of today, they were both responsible in their own ways for the death of the dynasty as despite their divergent points of view on what should be done neither was capable of seeing beyond the lavish and entitled trappings of their anointed role of empress Nicholas, who might be best thought of as a nebbish with little strength of conviction was ill equipped by nature or nurture to be tsar His mother dominated him as did his uncles until his emotionally unstable, histrionically melancholic and ill informed wife imposed her poor judgement on him with disastrous results that helped shape the violent and tumultuous 20th century.

  4. says:

    I loved this book In many biographies that are sympathetic to Alexandra, Marie Dagmar comes across as a rather nasty interfering mother in law Here, her role is well explained She does act very selfishly but she was concerned for the monarchy and the family Her flaw is that she loved the limelight The description of her life in the aftermath of the revolution shows that she was in danger than I had thought I m not going to give away any spoilers, but her early love life was pretty interesting There are some great photos in this book too It s an excellent, well written biography.

  5. says:

    Marie Feodorovna was the last living empress of the Romanov dynasty Her death marked the end of the Russian Imperial age Thus, Marie Feodorovna s life is often marked by tragedy She witnessed the death of her fiance, and married his brother out of duty Her husband, Tsar Alexander III died in his prime at the age of 49 Two of her sons died young She witnessed the Russian Revolution and became a hostage under their regime She refused to believe that her son, Nicholas II, Alexandra, and her grandchildren had died in Ekaterinburg and believed they were still alive Because of Marie Feodorovna s dramatic life, she deserves to be given a full biography Little Mother of Russia gives us a sympathetic account of this fascinating empress Marie Feodorovna was a princess of Denmark Her older sister, Alexandra, would become the queen of England Her brothers William and Frederick, would become kings in their own right It is only fair for Marie Feodorovna to be a queen as well She was engaged to the Tsarevich Nicholas of Russia However, he died a few months after her engagement She married his brother, Alexander They would have a happy and successful marriage, but he would die in his prime Thus, Marie Feodorovna life was full of unhappiness Little Mother of Russia does a great job in portraying Marie Feodorovna She could be judgemental, unforgiving, and selfish She was cold to her father in law s second wife, and her daughter in law, Alexandra There were many times that I thought that Olga, her daughter who became her companion for the rest of her life, was a saint because Marie Feodorovna was definitely a headache Still, I admired Marie Feodorovna for her charity work She took care of the wounded and was an advocate for the education of women Thus, she did have some admirable qualities Overall, this was a balanced biography of Marie Feodorovna The author created an intimate portrait of the Empress,and I came away feeling that I understood her The biography is written in a narrative and engaging style I never felt that I was bogged down with historical facts Little Mother of Russia is heavily researched but reads like a novel Therefore, this makes for light reading for the general reader I recommend this biography to those interested in the fall of the Romanov dynasty Because Marie Feodorovna lived such a colorful life, hopefully there will be full length biographies on her in the future.

  6. says:

    A thorough account of Empress Marie Feodorovna s life from her childhood in Denmark to her death in exile following the Russian Revolution The chapters about her betrothal and early married life are especially strong There is a definite theme throughout suggestive of the gradual fall of the Romanov dynasty The author uses facts, comparisons, and even a bit of superstition to engage larger Russian culture and evidence the doomed fate of Imperial Russia and the road to Revolution Though the narrative gets a bit bogged down by all of the extended Romanov relations and their personal lives, this is a very compelling biography about an extraordinary woman who deserves far recognition for her significance to late Imperial Russia.

  7. says:

    Perhaps the only biography focusing solely on Empress Marie Feodorovna, formerly Princess Dagmar of Denmark, Little Mother of Russia is both underrated and often overlooked among the vast see of books regarding the final years of the Romanov Dynasty Coryne Hall s biography is a fair and balanced view of this woman who, as much as her son and daughter in law, contributed to the fall of Imperial Russia.

  8. says:

    Rarely will I give a book 5 stars Coryne Hall brilliantly tells the story of the life of Empress Marie Feodorovna This book is rich and colorful in details and doesn t drag for a minute For me it s all about wanting to know how things lead up to wars and revolutions Who are some of the key players, what could they have done differently or not to prevent such violence as in the case of the Bolshevik Revolution.

  9. says:

    I fell in love with Dagmar through this book I m glad to have learned about her I loved that this book had tons of photographs, but I could have used maps and family trees The ones included on the covers were covered by the library However, the writing was sloppy and confusing.

  10. says:

    This is the best book I ve read about Dagmar and her tragic family.

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