Hidden Treasures of the Romanovs
Saving the Royal Jewels
By William Clarke
Publisher: NMS Enterprises Ltd.
ISBN 13: 978-1-905267-27-9
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The untold story of the Honourable Albert Stopford, Edwardian man-about-town.
A member of the English aristocracy, Stopford was accepted in all the best salons of London, Paris and St Petersburg.
He was a dealer in object d'arts with both Faberge and Cartier, which led him to the inner sanctum of Tsar Nicholas II. A regular guest at Romanov dinner tables and a personal friend of the two self-confessed assassins of Rasputin, he became the eyes and ears of the War Office and of the British Ambassador, even taking personal messages from King George V to the Tsar. His friends included Nimsky, Tamara Karsavina and Anna Pavlova. During the months leading up to the Octover/November Revolution, he was in the storm-center, avoiding machine gun fire as he moved - risking his life - through the dangerous streets of Petrograd he rescued treasured artifacts on behalf of the Romanov family. (Queen Elizabeth II wears a tiara on special occasions that he saved from the clutches of the Bolsheviks.) The gems emerged from his shabby Gladstone bags back in Britain - treasures he had smuggled from under the nose of the new Russian government. These gems have adorned royalty and the rich and famous - queens, duchesses and film stars - ever since.
This is the story of the Russia that was - the personalities, the family life, the intrigues, and a personal account of the growing terrors that led to 1917.
The Illustrations include an 1894 photo of Europe's royal houses, family portraits of Russian tsars and nobility, war photos and other rarely seen images.
This book will appeal to devotees of Russian (and European) history as well as to collectors with an historical bent.
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