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The Romanov dynasty ruled Russia for a little over 300 years and their story, ending with their tragic deaths, has exerted a lasting fascination. This text - an album of pictures gathered by the author over many years - shows the extended Romanov family.


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The Romanov dynasty ruled Russia for a little over 300 years and their story, ending with their tragic deaths, has exerted a lasting fascination. This text - an album of pictures gathered by the author over many years - shows the extended Romanov family.

30 review for The Camera and the Tsars: The Romanov Family in Photographs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zosi

    Thoroughly Exquisite

  2. 4 out of 5

    Camille

    Very interesting insight into the entire Romanov family. The only flaw is that it is sometimes confusing to remember who is who. There are family trees at the end to help with this, though.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I really enjoyed this book, it was a good way to learn about the Russian Imperial family. It was sorted out well (Last Tsar, then extended family ect) and I found that the focus not being on the last family-- but the extended family more welcome than if it was all about the Last Tsar and his family. The one complaint I have with the book was that as much as these are real people, they were also royalty, and the author spent too much time trying to make them "human." It is also of note that she doe I really enjoyed this book, it was a good way to learn about the Russian Imperial family. It was sorted out well (Last Tsar, then extended family ect) and I found that the focus not being on the last family-- but the extended family more welcome than if it was all about the Last Tsar and his family. The one complaint I have with the book was that as much as these are real people, they were also royalty, and the author spent too much time trying to make them "human." It is also of note that she does translate "Grand Duke or Duchess" as Grand Prince/ss-- which she does tell the reader is a more accurate translation. This is a very good read, and also helped to identify more of the minor people who lived just before and during the Russian Revolution.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Excellent collection of photographs--this would have been a five- star if it wasn't for the mislabeling of Tatiana and Olga in one photo. That's one of my pet peeves--they don't look THAT much alike! Excellent collection of photographs--this would have been a five- star if it wasn't for the mislabeling of Tatiana and Olga in one photo. That's one of my pet peeves--they don't look THAT much alike!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I thought that this would be a collection of photographs of Nicholas II and his wife and children, but instead it's a book of photos of the entire extended Romanov family. It really was helpful to be able to put faces to names of the many family members I come across while reading other books about the Romanovs. That said, I couldn't help but notice that the author mixes up Nicholas's daughters Olga and Tatiana in almost every photo they are together in. It makes me question the accuracy of the I thought that this would be a collection of photographs of Nicholas II and his wife and children, but instead it's a book of photos of the entire extended Romanov family. It really was helpful to be able to put faces to names of the many family members I come across while reading other books about the Romanovs. That said, I couldn't help but notice that the author mixes up Nicholas's daughters Olga and Tatiana in almost every photo they are together in. It makes me question the accuracy of the identifications in other photos of people I'm less familiar with. Also, I thought it was odd that the author uses the terms Grand Prince/Grand Princess instead of Grand Duke/Grand Duchess. The author even insists that her terms are a more accurate translation than Grand Duke/Duchess. I've read a lot of books about the Romanovs and this is the only one that has used Grand Prince/Grand Princess. It's just sort of odd and makes me question the author a bit.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura Edwards

    Excellent photographs, some of which I had not seen before. Love the pictures of Grand Duchess Ksenia (also known as Xenia). I have seen many pictures of her as a young woman and always thought her pretty. The pictures of her as a child are wonderful. Such a beautiful girl. I also loved the pictures of Nicholas II from early childhood. Also a beautiful child. These are treasures to see. There were plenty of pictures of other branches of the family and it helps to put faces with names, cuts down Excellent photographs, some of which I had not seen before. Love the pictures of Grand Duchess Ksenia (also known as Xenia). I have seen many pictures of her as a young woman and always thought her pretty. The pictures of her as a child are wonderful. Such a beautiful girl. I also loved the pictures of Nicholas II from early childhood. Also a beautiful child. These are treasures to see. There were plenty of pictures of other branches of the family and it helps to put faces with names, cuts down on the confusion in my mind. A few new pictures of the four grand duchesses (Nicholas' daughters) which I hadn't seen before. Nice, although Olga and Tatiana are misidentified in two of them (pages 92 & 198). Also, a lot of good information in the captions accompanying the photographs. A book any Russophile, especially those who are interested in the royal family, should own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    April

    I liked it. I am more interested in Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The book focuses on many relations of the Romanovs. However with the creation of Pinterest I have seen many of the pictures. The book does help you to meet other members of the Romanov family.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adelein

    Charlotte Zeepvatin Tsaariperheiden kuva-albumi sisältää yli 200 valokuvaa Romanovien tsaarisuvusta 1860-luvulta lähtien. Osa kuvista on aikaisemmin julkaisemattomia. Zeepvatin teos on mielenkiintoista luettavaa kaikille tsaareista, historiasta ja valokuvauksesta kiinnostuneille. Valokuvat on lajiteltu aihepiireittäin ja laajoissa kuvateksteissä kerrotaan paljon taustoja. Lopusta löytyy sukupuita, mutta mielestäni Tsaariperheiden kuva-albumia oli ajoittain hieman hankala lukea, koska samalla aukea Charlotte Zeepvatin Tsaariperheiden kuva-albumi sisältää yli 200 valokuvaa Romanovien tsaarisuvusta 1860-luvulta lähtien. Osa kuvista on aikaisemmin julkaisemattomia. Zeepvatin teos on mielenkiintoista luettavaa kaikille tsaareista, historiasta ja valokuvauksesta kiinnostuneille. Valokuvat on lajiteltu aihepiireittäin ja laajoissa kuvateksteissä kerrotaan paljon taustoja. Lopusta löytyy sukupuita, mutta mielestäni Tsaariperheiden kuva-albumia oli ajoittain hieman hankala lukea, koska samalla aukeamalla saattoi olla kuvia suvun eri haarojen jäsenistä ja eri vuosikymmeniltä. Kuvien lajitteleminen kronologiseen järjestykseen tai sukuhaarojen mukaisesti olisi selkeyttänyt lukemista. Lisäksi yhdessä alkupään kuvan kuvatekstissä (Tämä on tunnetuimpia valokuvia viimeisen tsaarin perheestä, kuvan yhteydessä vielä lukee) on sekoitettu keskenään Olga ja Tatjana.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    A book of photographs with good explanatory captions for each picture, about each sitter. The biggest flaw with this book is that the family tree is in the back so for the first half, I only had knowledge of who the sitters within one generation of the last tsar. This made many of the other sitters seem very repetitive. Some of the Romanovs were remarkably long lived, living to see their great great grandchildren. It was interesting to read about the unconventional and artistic members.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This book is just beautiful. A huge amount of pictures of all the Romanovs starting with the family of Alexander II. Every photograph has a small description, written in Charlotte Zeepvat's lovely style that makes it interesting as well as easily understandable. There are official photographs, but also ones taken by the family, picturing moments we would normally not be able to see. A must-have for all interested in the Russian royal family. This book is just beautiful. A huge amount of pictures of all the Romanovs starting with the family of Alexander II. Every photograph has a small description, written in Charlotte Zeepvat's lovely style that makes it interesting as well as easily understandable. There are official photographs, but also ones taken by the family, picturing moments we would normally not be able to see. A must-have for all interested in the Russian royal family.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sara Marques

    A true masterpiece for those who like the Romanovs. Beautiful photographs, beautifully organized and very interesting information about them and the people in them. Perfect for those who want to know more about the entire family and not just Nicholas II, Alexandra Feodorovna and their children, although they also appear in this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hideko Ogura

    Untold smiles,stories,and emotions that can only be seen in these rare photos captures even the smallest details and events sequencing The Romanov Family. It's like a small glimpse to the private lives of the rich and famous during the 20th century. Untold smiles,stories,and emotions that can only be seen in these rare photos captures even the smallest details and events sequencing The Romanov Family. It's like a small glimpse to the private lives of the rich and famous during the 20th century.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    A fascinating picture book with excellent explanations of subject and historical context. You may never see some of these photos anywhere else. Not just the Romanovs, but extended family. Something to look through again and again if you love old photos, and the Russian Imperial family.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    a book filled with photos of the romanovs!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    A great companion book to the many other books on the Romanov family. Ample photos of many generations of the Romanov family. I particularly enjoyed seeing the fashions of each generation.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    This was a beautiful look into the sometimes private and official photographs of the Romanov family spanning more than three generations. A truly beautiful and memorable tribute.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Good for learning of history.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Nicholas liked to take pictures

  19. 4 out of 5

    Тимлфей Иванов

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Maxwell

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  24. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Merriman

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Debra Franklin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura Thornton

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda Means

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marwa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janice Schubert

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