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The other grand dukes : sons and grandsons of Russia's grand dukes

Author: Janet AshtonArturo E BeécheCoryne HallGrant Hayter-MenziesGreg KingAll authors
Publisher: East Richmond Heights, CA : Eurohistory.com, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First edition
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"Examines the biographies of nearly forty men whose birth gave them the right to one of the world's most prestigious positions. All sons of Russian tsars are covered in Volume I. The sons of collateral grand ducal branches are covered in Volume II. The biography of each of the Grand Dukes of Russia brings to life a deeply gripping human saga. These men were born into what then was one of the world's most powerful  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: House of Romanov; House of Romanov
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Ashton; Arturo E Beéche; Coryne Hall; Grant Hayter-Menzies; Greg King; John Van der Kiste; Marlene Eilers-Koenig; Penny Wilson
ISBN: 9780985460396 0985460393
OCLC Number: 882928983
Notes: "Volume II -- sequel to The grand dukes, Arturo E. Beéche, editor & publisher."--Cover.
Description: xvi, 248 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits, genealogical tables ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: by Janet Ashton, Arturo E. Beéche, Coryne Hall, Grant Hayter-Menzies, Greg King, John van der Kiste, Marlene Eilers-Koenig, Penny Wilson ; foreword by H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent ; introduction by Charles B. Stewart III.

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"Examines the biographies of nearly forty men whose birth gave them the right to one of the world's most prestigious positions. All sons of Russian tsars are covered in Volume I. The sons of collateral grand ducal branches are covered in Volume II. The biography of each of the Grand Dukes of Russia brings to life a deeply gripping human saga. These men were born into what then was one of the world's most powerful ruling dynasties. They were not all saints; they were not all demons - they were men whose birth showered them with untold privilege. Some used their birthright for the common good; some did not. Yet, they all remain amazingly intriguing, complex, complicated and conflicted human beings. At birth they were showered with untold privilege, including a lump sum of money placed in trust for them. By the time these funds were made available to a Grand Duke, the interest alone made them amazingly wealthy. Added to this benefit, they derived salaries from their military appointments, investments, real estate and inheritance. Thus, the Grand Dukes were able to maintain a lifestyle only surpassed by today's oligarchs and yesteryear's robber barons. They were consummate spenders in paintings, art, architecture, jewels, all while acting as sponsors of talented writers, thinkers, poets, ballerinas, among many others. One was a playwright of considerable talent. Another played a role in working toward the liberation of the serfs. One was a leading admiral with a fondness for "fast women and slow ships." Another Grand Duke lived a tortured existence as a closeted homosexual, yet became the father of nine children"--Publisher's description.

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