Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A Beautiful Princess
"Elizabeth Grand Duchess of Russia" by Hugo Mager
I read this 349 page book in 24 hours, I just could not put the book down, I read the book even while I was cooking dinner this evening.
Elizabeth was the daughter of Princess Alice, and grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Alice had married Ludwig IV Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine. The castle was in Darmstadt Germany. Elizabeth was the second child, the second daughter, she had three younger sisters and a younger brother. She was a mature, compassionate, kind, and loving person, and she was known as the most beautiful princess in Europe. Many men noticed her and were infatuated with her, but she only had eyes for Sergei the Grand Duke of Russia. Her grandmother Queen Victoria had reservations of their marriage, but Elizabeth was insistent that it was a good match. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were matched with royalty in several countries in Europe, all were carefully chosen. Elizabeth's father had taught her to marry for love, and she did. It was after the extravagant royal marriage of Elizabeth and Sergei that she discovered there was no passion, and no physical displays of love from her husband. Historians believe that Sergei was a homosexual, there is no proof, only speculation of this. Nevertheless they stayed married until Sergei's death. Elizabeth was dedicated to the poor, and sick, and wounded soldiers, and after Sergei's death she was completely devoted to the cause of helping others, she sold all of her expensive jewelry and lived as a nun until her murder. In Elizabeth's story there are other stories of the Russian royal family; Czar Nicholas II and his wife Alix, Alix was Elizabeth's younger sister. Information is given in the book about their deaths and the deaths of their children. Information is also given about Rasputin, the mesmerizing despot of the royal family and also of others. I have read just enough information on the Russian Revolution for me to want to do further research on this subject, and also to read a little more about Rasputin and Lenin.