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In all the dizzy strife of things Both high and low, God hideth his intention. November 21, by Christina. November 20, by Christina. November 14, by Christina. November 13, by Christina. Emily Bronte the Mystic. November 9, by Christina. I taped it with an ordinary old fashioned cassette player pressed up the TV and over and over again I played the tape complete with the door bell ringing or someone coughing outside the room!
It said everything I wanted to say. Time and time again throughout the past 3 decades I have returned to that old cassette and still, after all this time, though it sounds rather wobbly now, it raises the same feelings of innocence, transparency, and the real beauty of the soul. There must be something better. There has to be. Man is a spirit…he has a soul and that is what I want to recapture: my soul! I want to climb trees, swim rivers, feel the firm clasp of the earth beneath my feet, without shoes, without clothes….
However, her story doesn't really end there as in death she would go on to become a Russian Orthodox Saint, her body moved several times to keep it from being destroyed by the revolutionaries before finally finding rest in a small crypt in Jerusalem. Unlike many biographies of the Romanovs, especially those members later canonized as New Martyrs by the Russian Orthodox Church, Mr Mager manages to present a fairly balanced picture of the Grand Duchess showing both her faults and her virtues without going overboard on the latter.
Grand Duchess Elizabeth And Other Stories: The Diary of Olga Romanov - An Interview With Helen Azar
It was a refreshing change, especially when so many more recent books on the Romanov family paint pictures of the last generation of the family as rosy and perfect with no faults whatsoever. I definitely recommend this book to those interested in the Romanov family. Aug 06, Donna rated it really liked it. During the turmoil of late 19th and early 20th century European politics and war, Grand Duchess Elisabeth is a shining example of compassion.
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One of Queen Victoria's granddaughters and a priviledged life, Elisabeth's mother still taught her about caring for others less fortunate. She visited the sick and poor with her mother; learned healing isn't just physical but spiritual as well. Her marriage to Grand Duke Sergei Feodorovna, of the Romanovs, turned from idealistic love to disappointment. She During the turmoil of late 19th and early 20th century European politics and war, Grand Duchess Elisabeth is a shining example of compassion. She remained loyal during the 20 year marriage, but found other outlets of happiness.
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Elisabeth's husband was assasinated and it changed her life completely. With the money, Elisabeth open a convent for women that would care for the poor, sick With the influence of Rasputin on Alexandra, Elisabeth did try and make her realize he was a threat not a help in Russia's future. In , Elisabeth along with a faithful friend and some members of the Romanov family, were taken to a small town in Siberia. Not far away, her sister and family were brutally murdered.
She never knew. Elisabeth and her group was led to an abandoned mine, beat over the head and pushed down the dark mine shaft. After, rocks were thrown down by her murderers to make sure they all died. When the bodies were found, it was discovered that Elisabeth and one other had lived for awhile instead of dying right away. Their bodies were eventually moved. The priest who had her body taken experienced appearances of Elisabeth who was finally laid to rest at an Orthodox church in Jerusalem and made a saint in their religion.
Her life was truly amazing. The choices during her lifetime may have changed the outcome of Russia's future, but we'll never know.
Mar 19, Kim rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: People interested in 20th century Tsarist Russia. Shelves: romanov-russia. Most people recognize the story of Alexandra, the last Tsarina of Russia. They know about her life, her struggles in Russia, and at least some of her role in the downfall of the monarchy in the early s.
Far fewer people remember Alexandra's sister, who became part of the Russian royal family several years before her sister married Tsar Nicholas. Hugo Mager does a wonderful job bringing Grand Duchess Elizabeth, the Tsarina's elder sister, the martyr-saint, to life. Mager, however, shows just how intregal Elizabeth was in the events that led to the Revolution. She played a vital part in Alexandra and Nicholas' courtship and eventual engagement, she performed tirelessly to aid the Russian poor and destitute, and she even franticly sought to save the monarchy from the scandal that was the Rasputin disaster.
I admit, I teared up a bit as I read the parts describing her final days and her eventual murder at the hands of the revolutionaries.
It horrified me a bit to learn that she -- and some of those who were with her -- had survived the fall into that mineshaft and died a slow, weary death. It was certainly not an end that she deserved. The writing was done very well. Mager was able to keep my attention, and his style wasn't dry at all. About the only irritation I had was the little notes that were left at the end of each chapter. Whenever there was a notation in the text, I'd have to flip ahead to the end of the chapter to see what was being noted.
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It would have been much easier if the notes had just been laid out at the bottom of the page the notations were made on. May 11, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.
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Of the numerous biographies I've read, this is one of my favorites, of Elizabeth, Grand Duchess of Russia, a Romanov that few people know about. A young woman of remarkable beauty, Elizabeth, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, meets and falls in love with Serge, a duke from the Russian royal family. Enamored, Elizabeth leaves her home and her family, converts to the Russian Orthodox faith and weds the duke she loves.
This may sound like any fairy tale story, however its not. Soon after marriage, E Of the numerous biographies I've read, this is one of my favorites, of Elizabeth, Grand Duchess of Russia, a Romanov that few people know about. Soon after marriage, Elizabeth's life spirals downward after discovering her husband is a closeted homosexual and a rather cruel man. Not to be shamed by this situation, Elizabeth maintains her pose in her new home.
She delves deeper into her new religion, becoming a nun after the assassination of her husband. Elizabeth's life is truly tragic, for with the coming of the Russian revolution, she too loses her life because of the Bolsheviks just as the majority of her beloved family: her sister Alexadra, the Czarina, her brother-in-law Nicholas the Czar, her nieces Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, and her nephew Alexei, along with others of the royal family.
Her horrible death is as outrageous as her families and it will leave you crying at the end, since she was a good woman, devout to her faith and her country. A great book to read, no doubt about it. Jan 08, Clotilde Martinez rated it really liked it. I came away from this book with a deep respect for this woman who stood strong in her beliefs even if others did not agree with them. It was unfortunate that her sister Alix did not share those ideals. Their tales might have a happier ending.
Oct 02, Barb Tocci rated it it was amazing. A very good primer into this period of history. Heartbreaking story, but very well written. Feb 21, Erik09 added it.